Soprano Beth Thompson is well-known in the north country for her versatility and eclectic tastes. Her varied repertoire includes everything from art song, oratorio and opera to Broadway and contemporary folk music. Last year at Middlebury College she exemplified this profile singing duets by Gabriel Fauré and back-up vocals on a Pete Sutherland tune on one concert, renditions of Irish folksongs on another, and finally the premiere of a contemporary orchestral work. The year before she presented a recital of American songs, and then sang Mozart arias with the College Orchestra six days later.
She has received critical acclaim for her starring roles in the Opera Company of Middlebury's productions of Puccini's Tosca (June 2005) and Lennox Berkeley's A Dinner Engagement (June 2006, presented here at The Gallery in the Field), and as Mrs. Segstrom in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (2007). She returned to Austria last summer for her seventh season on the Artist Faculty of the Pitten International Music Festival. Ms. Thompson has been a featured soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, the Burlington Choral Society, the Champlain Valley Oratorio Society, and has performed at the Warebrook Festival of Contemporary Music and the Music at Lake Willoughby Concert Series singing a wide repertoire including Dvořák's Te Deum, Haydn's The Creation, Requiems by Fauré and Mozart, Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms, and the Vaughan Williams Serenade To Music. She is an avid recitalist, often performing at churches, colleges and universities throughout the northeast. In August and September, Ms. Thompson and Cynthia Huard presented a series of recitals in Vermont and North Carolina.
Ms. Thompson co-produces the Middlebury College Music Department's annual cabaret with her colleague Carol Christensen. In 1999, she recorded a single song CD of "The Journey" (written by Nick Kaiser) as a fund-raiser for breast cancer research and programs in Vermont.
Ms. Thompson holds degrees in singing from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with Metropolitan Opera soprano Eileen Farrell. She taught singing at the University of Vermont from 1987 to 1993 and has served on the voice faculty of Middlebury College since 1992. She also maintains private voice studios in Middlebury, Rutland, Dorset and at her home in Danby, Vermont.