Q & A: Lucas & Irina Meachem on Co-Founding Perfect Day Music Foundation & Its Inaugural Virtual Voice Competition

Grammy® Award-winning baritone Lucas Meachem and his wife, pianist, Irina, saw injustice up close this past summer. While many of us watched the aftermath of George Floyd’s death on television, the Meachem’s are Minneapolis residents. As calls for racial justice grew, and opera companies began taking stock of their own diversity, equity, and inclusivity, the Meachem’s knew they had a {…}

John Holiday, John Riesen & Katie Van Kooten Headline Utah Opera’s 2021-22 Season

The Utah Opera has announced its 2021-22 season featuring four staged productions with live audiences. Here is a rundown of what the company will have on offer next season. Michael Adams stars in Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville“ alongside Sarah Coit, Matthew Grills, and Matthew Burns. Gary Thor Wedow conducts Michael Shell’s production. Performance Dates: Oct. 9-17, 2021 John Holiday, {…}

John Holiday, Morris Robinson, Leah Crocetto, Jamie Barton Headline The Dallas Opera’s Live Song Series

The Dallas Opera has announced live performances starting on March 31, 2021. The company will reopen with a song series featuring four major opera stars performing to socially distanced audiences. The “Welcome Back” Song Series will kick off with a performance featuring Morris Robinson as he takes on music by Verdi, Bernstein, Margaret Bonds, Mozart, and Hugo Wolf. He will {…}

John Holiday, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, & Samuel Marino to Appear in 92Y’s ‘Countertenor-Palooza’

On January 23, 92Y School of Music will host “Countertenor-Palooza,” an online discussion featuring some of opera’s leading countertenors. Host Naomi Lewin will be joined by countertenors John Holiday, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, and Samuel Marino. Making his debut with the Metropolitan Opera next fall in Matthew Aucoin’s “Eurydice,” Holiday recently received national acclaim as a finalist on this year’s season {…}