“Boston Lyric Opera’s Così Fan Tutte was the stronger and more satisfying...
Lumpkin kept his players and singers under firm control, at the same time allowing them sufficient liberty to bring out nuances in their performances.”
-Willard Spielgelman, Opera News
Maestro William Lumpkin's extensive repertoire and career have led to engagements with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Boston Lyric Opera, having previously served on the music staff for Los Angeles Opera, Aspen Opera Theatre, and Wolf Trap Opera. Additionally, Maestro Lumpkin led performances of the Mary Zimmerman production of Philip Glass’s Galileo Galilei as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s New Wave Festival, having previously conducted world premiere performances at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
In 2003, Maestro Lumpkin conducted the American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Flight with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and again in 2005 for Boston Lyric Opera, which Opera News praised, stating "Dove’s impressive score was conducted wonderfully by another veteran of the Saint Louis production, William Lumpkin.” Additional credits at St. Louis include La Bohème, The Magic Flute, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Hansel and Gretel. In 2004, Maestro Lumpkin joined Boston Lyric Opera to conduct Così fan tutte. Of this production, Opera News stated "Lumpkin kept his players and singers under firm control, at the same time allowing them sufficient liberty to bring out nuances in their performances,” and the Boston Globe noted "His work had brio, style, and heart, and the orchestra played beautifully for him."
Maestro Lumpkin is an Associate Professor of Music and the Artistic Director and Conductor for the Opera Institute at Boston University, where he has conducted over 40 opera productions at the Huntington Theatre, the Emerson Cutler Majestic, the Paramount Theatre, and at the newly constructed Booth Theatre at Boston University. Highlights include a co-production with Glimmerglass Opera of E. Loren Meeker’s production of Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen”, a co-commission with New York City Opera of Tobias Picker’s chamber version of his opera “Dolores Claiborne”, and a concert version of Vanessa with Boston University alum Lauren Flanigan. He has also appeared as guest conductor at Indiana University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
As a pianist, Mr. Lumpkin collaborated with Juliana Gondek recording Roger Bourland’s “Four Quartets of Songs and Arias” for Navona Records.
A native of Lewisburg, PA, Mr. Lumpkin holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music, an MM in Conducting from UCSB, and a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California.