Thomson Smillie http://wfpl.org en Service Plans for Former Kentucky Opera Director Thomson Smillie http://wfpl.org/post/service-plans-former-kentucky-opera-director-thomson-smillie <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A funeral Mass for Thomson </span>Smillie<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, director of Kentucky Opera from 1982-1997, is planned for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth Street. A Memorial Concert will follow at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the W.L. Lyons Brown </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, 315 W. Broadway. A reception will follow the concert in the adjacent Fifth/Third Conference Center.</span></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:53:57 +0000 Keith Runyon 8312 at http://wfpl.org Service Plans for Former Kentucky Opera Director Thomson Smillie Former Kentucky Opera Leader Thomson Smillie Dies http://wfpl.org/post/former-kentucky-opera-leader-thomson-smillie-dies <p>Thomson Smillie, who led the Kentucky Opera to become one of the nation’s leading regional opera companies, died at 10:30 Saturday night at his home. He was 71.</p><p class="c1"><span>A native Scotsman, Smillie came to Louisville in 1981, where he spent a year working with the Kentucky Opera’s founder, Moritz Bomhard, before taking the reigns as Mr. Bomhard’s successor in 1980. </span></p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:46:36 +0000 Keith Runyon 8296 at http://wfpl.org Former Kentucky Opera Leader Thomson Smillie Dies