Fulton, Thomas, American conductor; b. Memphis, Sept. 18, 1949; d. Milan, Aug. 4, 1994. He studied at the Curtis Inst. of Music in Philadelphia, where his conducting mentors were Max Rudolf and Eugene Ormandy. He began his career as a staff conductor at the San Francisco Opera and the Hamburg State Opera. In 1978 he joined the conducting staff of the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y., where he made his house debut with Manon Lescaut on April 4, 1981. He also made guest appearances with various opera companies, including the Paris Opéra (1979), the Rome Opera (1986), the Berlin Deutsche Oper (1986), and the Greater Miami Opera (1989).
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