Jonas Kaufmann, Lise Davidsen, Pretty Yende, Ludovic Tézier & Luca Salsi Lead Tiroler Festspiele Erl’s 2024-25 Season

The Tiroler Festspiele Erl has announced its 2024-25 season. Fall Nikola Hillebrand performs alongside Simply Quartet and Musicbanda Franui. Performance Date: Oct. 4, 2024 Winter J. S. Bach’s “Das Weihnachtsoratorium” will be conducted by Vinzenz Praxmarer and will star Anna El-Kashem, Stefanie Irányi, Martin Mitterrutzner, and Wilhelm Schwinghammer. Performance Date: Dec. 8, 2024 Asher Fisch conducts a new production of Puccini’s “La {…}

Lucas Meachem, Samantha Hankey, Fleur Barron, Lunga Eric Hallam, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen Headline Vocal Arts DC’s 2024-25 Season

Vocal Arts DC has unveiled its 2024-25 season. First up is a recital featuring Lucas Meachem and Irina Meachem as they perform Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” and works by William Grant Still, Jake Heggie, and Florence Price. Performance Date: Sept. 12, 2024 Lunga Eric Hallam and Craig terry headline the Gerald Perman Fund for Emerging Artists Debut Recital. Performance Date: Nov. 18, 2024 {…}

Nadine Sierra, Saioa Hernández, Piotr Beczała, Sonya Yoncheva, Xabier Anduaga & Juan Diego Flórez Lead Gran Teatre del Liceu’s 2024-25 Season

The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona has announced its 2024-25 season. Opera Josep Pons conducts Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” with Alexei Botnarciuc, Daniel Kirch, Sara Jakubiak, Ángeles Blancas, and Pavel Černoch. Àlex Ollé conducts. Performance Date: Sept. 25-Oct. 7, 2024 Maria Agresta and Saioa Hernández star in Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” with Artur Ruciński, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Brian {…}

Patricia Racette, Lucas Meachem, Marjorie Owens, Nicholas Brownlee Headline The Dallas Opera’s 2024 Streaming Slate

The Dallas Opera has announced that it will be releasing free digital streams of its recent productions over the course of the next six months. First up is “Rigoletto” from 2022, directed by Tomer Zvulun and starring George Gagnidze, Madison Leonard, and René Barbera. Emmanuel Villaume conducts. Streaming Dates: April 1 – May 31, 2024 Then comes “Hansel and Gretel,” also {…}

Lucas Meachem Leads The Dallas Opera’s ‘The Diving bell and the Butterfly’

(Credit: Kyle Flubacker) The Dallas Opera is set to present the world premiere of “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” The opera by composer Joby Talbot and librettist Gene Scheer will star baritone Lucas Meachem and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. The cast will also include tenor Richard Croft, soprano Deanna Breiwick, bass Kevin Burdette, soprano Andriana Chuchman, tenor Andrew Bidlack, soprano Jocelyn {…}

Q & A: American Baritone Lucas Meachem on Evolving Opera Through His Compassion Towards Humanity in His Roles & Love of Karaoke

Lucas Meachem is an American, Grammy Award winning baritone whose compelling lyric baritone voice and dramatic interpretations have led him to the world’s most important operatic stages. He was discovered by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, with the encouragement of tenor Paul Groves, after he sang a karaoke stint in Paris. Graham persuaded William Mason, the then director general of the Lyric {…}