The Great Lakes Light Opera (GLLO), founded in 2012 by Stephanie Kreutz and Jacquelyn Mouritsen, has been dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional-level performances to Cleveland audiences. After going dark for a season, the Great Lakes Light Opera has a new administration and mission. Although the company will still be bringing professional-level opera to Northeast Ohio, GLLO has revised its mission:
To offer Cleveland an educational and outreach-focused/oriented opera company that seeks to connect with all audiences, from the seasoned opera-goer to those with no previous exposure to classical music of any kind. We will achieve this mission by:
*Reaching out to atypical venues in order to perform “portable” concerts of opera scenes and other vocal art music.
*Educating audiences of all ages by presenting lecture recitals, which give the audience/performers an opportunity to connect with the text/history/theory behind classical music.
*Programming unique operas, concerts, and revues with the aim of piquing the interest of the community.
*Mining Cleveland’s rich community of artists and musicians who are equally committed to de-mystifying and revitalizing the traditional art music scene.
The Great Lakes Light Opera’s first venture with this new team will be “Macabaret,” a Halloween-themed revue-style show in October featuring operatic scenes/arias interspersed with musical theatre scenes and songs. For more information, to make a donation, or to volunteer your services, please contact the Great Lakes Light Opera at or by calling 352-216-5065.
Megan Thompson Thompson, Executive Director/Artistic Director, holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University, with an emphasis in Vocal Performance and Psychology. In addition to her musical background, Ms. Thompson works as a Special Events Coordinator and holds an Associate of Arts degree in Drama with emphasis in Technical Theatre. After holding many leadership positions throughout college and her early professional career, Ms. Thompson was hired to start a girls’ choir for Fuchs Mizrachi School in Beachwood. Her teaching experience does not end there. In addition to teaching private voice lessons at Motter’s Music, she has also served as a drama instructor for the Ocala Civic Theatre and was hired to begin a drama/musical theatre program for the two of the Cleveland Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs. With her background in education, management and event coordination, Ms. Thompson was recently appointed Executive Director/Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Light Opera with the intent of developing a company focused on education and outreach in Northeast Ohio.
Alejandra Martinez, Director of Education/Artistic Director,holds a Professional Studies Certificate from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University. While at Stanford she served as President and Fundraising Officer on the board of the Stanford Savoyards, a student-run light opera company dedicated to the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. She has extensively studied music abroad; under the guidance of Michael Burden, Dean of New College, Oxford University, she authored a collection of musicological essays on Handel’s operas. Later, she would focus on performance and interpretation of German Lieder at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Ms. Martinez was recently honored with the Elly Ameling Award for Excellence in Recital Performance, for a program of music from Spain and Latin America. Her latest performance credit is Nora, from Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, produced at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is also the soprano soloist at Disciples Christian Church, whose choir placed first at WCLV’s 2014 Jubiliation Choir Festival. Dedicated to furthering opera outreach, Ms. Martinez intends to get Cleveland excited about opera with smart, fun, and unique programming through GLLO.
Lyndsay Moy, Director of Development holds a Master of Music degree in Voice from The Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Voice and a Bachelor of Arts in Painting from DePauw University. While at CIM, she received the Frederick B. Prentice Award for Excellence in Voice, and at DePauw, she received the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. In 2008 and 2009, Ms. Moy earned four first place awards in the NATS Great Lakes Region competition. Her roles on the operatic stage have included Maurya (Vaughn-Williams’ Riders to the Sea), Marcellina (Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro), Fidalma (Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto), Mère Marie (Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites), Zita (Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi), L’Architecture (Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants), L’écureuil (Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges), and La Badessa (Puccini’s Suor Angelica), among others. Ms. Moy is a featured alto soloist with the Fairmount Presbyterian Church choir and has performed recently with Opera Night Cleveland. Ms. Moy also teaches voice at Celebrity School of Music, where she aims to develop the fundamentals of healthy vocal technique, focusing on breathing, alignment, and resonance in styles ranging from classical singing to Broadway. She currently studies with tenor Clifford Billions and will start work as CIM’s Opera Administrator in August.