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Simon Keenlyside replaced by Lucas Meachem in Le nozze di Figaro

American baritone to sing role of Count Almaviva.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

26 January 2012 at 2.10pm | 3 Comments

Lucas Meachem will replace Simon Keenlyside for all performances of Le nozze di Figaro due to illness.

The American baritone will sing the role of Count Almaviva, having previously sung the role at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera and San Francisco Opera. His repertoire also includes the role of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini’s prequel to Le nozze di Figaro.

Lucas made his Royal Opera debut as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, most recently performing in the UK as the titular character in Glyndebourne’s Don Giovanni last summer.

Watch a clip of Lucas singing the role at San Francisco opera:

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

26 January 2012 at 2.10pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged cast change, Lucas Meachem, opera, Simon Keenlyside

This article has 3 comments

  1. David Freedman responded on 10 February 2012 at 5:48pm Reply

    Having seen the Dress Rehearsal, Mr Meachem's voice is too light for the Count and he has little expression. Mr Meachem is a true non-actor; I don't think I have ever seen anyone play the Count with less emotional, physical, facial and vocal expression.

    • Annie responded on 15 February 2012 at 11:53am

      I don't agree at all! I saw him last night a the Royal Opera House as Count Almaviva with our wonderful Antonio Pappano conducting and I thought Lucas Meachem was excellent in the role. He was proud, arrogant and lustful in all the right places, and suitably chastised and crestfallen when the ladies tricked him. I thought he showed a good acting abilitiy throughout. And he can sing...

  2. Frank responded on 3 October 2013 at 11:34am Reply

    Don't worry - Mr. David Freemann is sick of hearing and sick of the sight.

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