7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Lucas and Irina Meachem, Sept 12


7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Lucas Meachem’s vigorous baritone makes him exceptionally suited to his signature roles of Escamillo (Carmen), Il Conte di Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), and the title role in Don Giovanni, the latter in which he was extolled for being “Fabio-like in size, presence, beauty and personality” (Bachtrack) in a production with LA Opera.  

Together this husband and wife duo, Lucas and Irina Meachem, present Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, a mournful exploration of parental grief, and Liszt’s Petrarch Sonnets. The program also includes songs by Rachmaninov, William Grant Still, and Charles Ives.

Artist Bios

GRAMMY Award-winning baritone Lucas Meachem, dubbed the “rock star of opera” by Opera Pulse, continues to captivate audiences worldwide with his “earnest, appealing baritone” (The New York Times). Known for his mastery of many of the leading operatic roles, Meachem is a consummate artist with a unique warmth and passion for both audiences and his colleagues.

After a summer at San Francisco Opera performing Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Meachem begins his 2023–24 season in the title role in Don Giovanni with the Los Angeles Opera. He then premieres the lead role of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the brilliant French journalist who shares his surreal yet incisive view of the world after suffering a totally paralyzing stroke, in the world premiere production of composer Joby Talbot’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly at The Dallas Opera. The season then takes him to Staatsoper Hamburg for the dual roles of Michele and Gianni Schicchi in Il Trittico and to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he sings the lead role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. After performing as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony, he closes his season with two more appearances as Sharpless: first with the Metropolitan Opera, and then with Teatro Real in Madrid.

Celebrated by Opera News as a “masterful musician” with an “instrument of striking finish, smooth and solid throughout its range,” Meachem has previously sung career-highlight roles including Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House, the title role in Nabucco at Oper im Steinbruch, and several roles with the Metropolitan Opera: Marcello in La Bohème, De Siriex in Fedora, General Rayevsky in Prokofiev’s War & Peace, Silvio in Pagliacci, and Mercutio in Roméo and Juliette. His Teatro alla Scala debut in Massenet’s Thaïs was praised as the “most impressive performance of the evening” (Opera Online), with his portrayal of Athanaël, alongside Marina Rebeka’s Thaïs, described as “possibly one of the great duos experienced at La Scala in recent decades” (Beckmesser).



First-generation Romanian-American pianist Irina Meachem regularly accompanies voice recitals and coaches opera singers and often performs with her husband, baritone Lucas Meachem in recitals.

Recently, Meachem performed as guest soloist with Classical Tahoe, alongside Metropolitan Opera harpist Emmanuel Ceysson, on William Grant Still’s majestic piece Ennanga.

Meachem has served on faculty at the Festival of Napa Valley, Tequila Cultural Festival, the Vincerò Opera Program, University of Minnesota, and Michigan State University. She has worked as a coach and repetiteur at opera companies and festivals such as Palm Beach Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Birmingham, Amarillo Opera, Nashville Opera, Shreveport Opera, OperaWorks, Chicago Summer Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Bay View Music Festival, the Banff Centre, and the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy. Meachem earned degrees from Florida State University and Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

In 2021, Meachem released her debut song album of American songs, Shall We Gather, with Lucas Meachem.

These performances are external rentals presented in coordination with the Kennedy Center
Campus Rentals Office and are not produced by the Kennedy Center.

“His baritone is an instrument of striking finish, smooth and solid throughout its range. He is a masterful musician.”

Opera News

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