J. Lynn Thompson’s successful career in music and theatre includes more than 35 years as conductor, artistic leader, recording artist, performer and educator. He spent 27 seasons with Atlanta Lyric Theatre, a company he assisted in founding in 1980 where he served as Music Director/Conductor for 27 years and as Artistic Director for 17 years. Thompson was honored with the title Artistic Director Emeritus in 2007. Thompson looks forward to his 23rd season with The Ohio Light Opera (OLO) where he served as Music Director from 1986 to 2006, and has remained with the company as Principal Guest Conductor. With the OLO he has led over 1,100 performances of more than 80 different productions, including three world premieres, several American premieres and the complete works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Additionally, Thompson and the OLO have to their credit 16 full-length recordings of their productions – many first-time recordings – on the Newport Classic and Albany Records labels. His own background as singer and performer has served him well; critics note his particular sensitivity and artistry on the podium and in recordings labeling him “the singer’s conductor.”

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