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|James E. Lucas '51|
James Lucas received a degree in music from Hiram College in 1951. While a student at Hiram, James staged and conducted numerous dramatic productions and also founded and conducted the Glee Club. He was a member of Chi Sigma, Black Key, Alethea and participated in A Capella. After graduation, James went on to receive his Masters of Art degree in 1952 from Stanford University and did further study at the Julliard School and the Operatic Leadership Training School.
His career as a stage director for operatic productions has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, and South America. He has been involved in staging well over one hundred operas and has served with the Metropolitan and New York City Opera Companies, as well as opera associations in nearly all major U.S. cities. His accomplishments include the direction of productions with such notable performers as Luciano Pavarotti and Roberta Peters. In 1982, he conducted the premier performance of an original opera for the Knoxville World's Fair, and in 1985 he did a production of “La Boheme” in Montreal which was taped for broadcast on CBC television.
He has shared his knowledge of operatic direction with many, teaching and conducting numerous workshops. Students at such institutions as The Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and many others, have been the fortunate recipients of his expertise and inspiration. In 1982, he returned to Hiram to present a program on poise and stage presence, and to speak on working in musical comedy and opera.
It is this dedication and commitment to the fine arts that has made Jim most deserving of the Hiram College Alumni Achievement Award.