Linda Thompson BMus (HonsPerf Melb) GCHE (Monash)
Founder and Artistic Director of ACOCo, Gertrude Opera and Yarra Valley Opera Festival. An award-winning soprano, stage director and producer, described as "a cultural entrepreneur for the 21st century". Having worked with as a principal soprano with leading Australian opera directors Barrie Kosky, Baz Luhmann, Gale Edwards and Neil Armfield to name a few, Linda now leads the professional development of established and emerging singers through the staging of contemporary works, engaging new and diverse audiences, with a view to enabling access and appreciation for opera theatre. Linda is a Member of the German Australian Opera Grant Adjudication Panel, and a board member of TightPants Theatre Co.