Operatic baritone Lucas Meachem, who is performing in "La Boheme" at the Met, sings at a karaoke bar on March 8, 2018 in New York. AFP / Don EMMERT
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Swinging with the karaoke microphone, Lucas Meachem belted out an "I Believe I Can Fly" that would instantly put to shame any unsuspecting amateur who stumbled into the cozy New York bar. His voice packing an R&B brassiness yet refined with an unforced vibrato, Meachem is no dabbler in bar singing. He is one of opera's rising stars, recently completing a stint as a male lead in "La Boheme" at New York's Metropolitan Opera – and karaoke was key to his success.Karaoke runs deeper for Meachem.One of four children supported by a schoolteacher mother, Meachem grew up with little exposure to opera, but would mimic songs on the radio by Top 40 artists from Michael Jackson to Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, whose screeching climax on "Dream On" is another of Meachem's karaoke tricks.Meachem also offers artistic guidance to new singers on The Baritone Blog.
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