Jeanette Thompson’s career has taken her all over the globe with recitals, orchestra concerts and operatic performances in Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Austria, Japan, Slovenia, Croatia, Canada, Tunisia, Greece, Cypress, Cameroun, Zaire, Kenya, Latvia, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, and throughout the United States. She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Verdi’s Messa da Requiem and is an international star of high acclaim. She has been lauded throughout the world as a singer with great depth, warmth, beauty, style and heart.
Notable composers David Winkler, Craig Bohmler, Steven Sametz and Thomas Cipullo have written works expressly for her. Her discography includes the sound track to a French movie (“Deux Ramoneurs chez une Cantatrice”) and three CD’s (including “Jeanette Thompson sings Negro Spirituals”). She has won numerous competitions in several nations (including a Gold Medal at the Famed Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels).
Ms. Thompson received degrees from Florida State University (B.M.), and Rice University (M.M.). Ms. Thompson has command of Italian, French, German and Turkish languages.
For six years, she served on the faculty of the International Summer Festival of the Arts in Belgium. She has also served on the faculties of Vassar, Lehigh University and Izmir State Conservatory of Music in Turkey where she founded a singing competition for young singers and for nine years, served as president of the jury. While there, she invited directors, conductors and impresarios from opera companies (including the Metropolitan Opera, Aspen, Chicago, LaScala) to join them. Through this competition, she helped provide jobs and opportunities to many young singers in companies throughout the world.
As a teacher, she is noted as an outstanding technician of singing. This fall Ms. Thompson is pleased to be joining the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison.