Among the American baritone’s most celebrated portrayals internationally have been Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne, Dresden, San Francisco), Eugene Onegin (San Francisco, Montpellier), Billy Budd (Paris), and Rossini’s Figaro (eight major companies, among them The Dallas Opera this season). Meachem began 2019/20 as Mercutio/Romeo and Juliet, his twelfth role at San Francisco Opera; and Marcello/La bohème at the Opéra National de Paris. Last season he starred with the leading companies of Washington (La traviata), Toronto (La bohème), and Detroit (The Barber of Seville). Another Figaro, in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, brought Meachem a Grammy in the LA Opera production. The baritone has also earned critical praise as Mozart’s Count Almaviva (Munich, London), Wolfram/Tannhäuser (Japan’s Saito Kinen Festival), and Robert/Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta (European tour with Anna Netrebko). Meachem has been featured at the Metropolitan Opera in both Romeo and Juliet and Pagliacci, and in concert at the Salzburg Festival in Penderecki’s St. Luke’s Passion.
Previously at Lyric: Seven roles since 2006, most recently Prince Yeletsky/The Queen of Spades (2019|20), the title role/Don Giovanni (2019|20); Chorèbe/Les Troyens (2016|17).
Last updated: November 14, 2019
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