San Francisco Opera Announces Winner of Emerging Stars Competition: Baritone Lucas Meachem
San Francisco Opera announces the winner of the inaugural "Emerging Star of the Year" competition. Lucas Meachem, the American baritone who performed the role of Figaro inThe Barber of Seville (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) in Fall 2015, was named "2016 Emerging Star of the Year" based on a popular vote conducted online and through social media.
San Francisco Opera's "Emerging Stars" competition is made possible by The Emerging Stars Fund, established through a three-year, multi-million dollar gift from Company Sponsors Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem. Their gift provides crucial support for San Francisco Opera to celebrate the rising artists appearing on the War Memorial Opera House stage who are helping to make opera exciting and relevant to a new generation of audiences as they launch their careers. An important goal of the Emerging Stars Fund is to engage the community in the thrill of experiencing artists on the cusp of greatness, and to build awareness among the broader opera-going public of San Francisco Opera's leadership in nurturing and showcasing new talent. In addition to the title of "Emerging Star of the Year," the winner of the competition will receive a $10,000 cash prize.
Lucas Meachem was one of eleven artists appearing in San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 Season with support from the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Emerging Stars Fund. The other artists supported by the fund and featured in this competition were Malin Byström (Jen?fa/title role), Sasha Cooke (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg/Magdalena), Leah Crocetto (Luisa Miller/title role), Michael Fabiano (Luisa Miller/Rodolfo; Don Carlo/title role), Brian Jagde (Carmen/Don José), Daniela Mack (Il Barbiere di Siviglia/Rosina), Brian Mulligan (Sweeney Todd/title role; Lucia di Lammermoor/Enrico; La Chute de la Maison Usher and Usher House/title roles), Alek Shrader (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg/David), Nadine Sierra (Lucia di Lammermoor/title role;The Magic Flute/Pamina) and Heidi Stober (Sweeney Todd/Johanna).
"Jan and I were so excited when we learned that Lucas won the first 'Emerging Star of the Year' competition," said Maria Manetti Shrem. "We are committed to celebrating young artists on-the-rise at San Francisco Opera, because they are essential to keeping the art form fresh and exciting. We are thrilled to inaugurate this competition, and to give a special award to Lucas for his amazing work last fall in Il Barbiere di Siviglia."
Jan Shrem continued, "Maria and I are so inspired by these young artists at San Francisco Opera. They work so hard and they inspire us with their dedication and talent. I am happy to raise awareness for them through the 'Emerging Stars' competition. Lucas Meachem sets a wonderful example for other rising stars in the opera world. Bravo Lucas!"