Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! with Lucas Meachem

August 21, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Lucas Meachem (Photo: Simon Pauly)

This week, Oliver’s guest is Lucas Meachem, one of the busiest baritones in the business. Meachem curates a playlist of some of his favorite recordings of Figaro’s aria “Largo al factotum” — the hardest aria in in the lyric baritone repertoire — from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

Factotum of the opera world, Meachem is currently wrapping up a run in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at Santa Fe Opera, will star in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s upcoming Pagliacci: The Movie, and has just announced the release of his first solo album.

Production photo of Santa Fe Opera's Eugene Onegin. Tatyana and Eugene sitting on grass, autumnal colors

Sara Jakubiak and Lucas Meachem in Santa Fe Opera’s 2021 ‘Eugene Onegin’ (Photo: Curtis Brown for the Santa Fe Opera)


Playlist to include performances by Hermann Prey, Sherill Milnes, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Leo Nucci, Peter Mattei, Leonard Warren, and Lucas Meachem. Lucas would also like listeners to consider this performance by Apollo Granforte.