Margaret Alkek Williams Chair
Conductor; Houston Grand Opera Artistic and Music Director (United States)
HGO Appearances: The Passenger, Rigoletto, and Das Rheingold (2014).HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers has conducted more than fifty operas at HGO since joining the company in 1998.
About the Artist: Summers was named artistic and music director of HGO in 2011 after having served as the company’s music director since 1998. He has been responsible for many of HGO’s important artistic advances, including the development of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, regularly praised by critics. At HGO, he has conducted world premieres (André Previn’s Brief Encounter, Christopher Theofanidis’s The Refuge, Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair and Three Decembers, and Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree) and works that span the operatic canon, including Verdi’s Don Carlos, La traviata, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, Simon Boccanegra, Falstaff, and A Masked Ball; Puccini’s La bohème, Madame Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, and Tosca; Mozart’s Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Abduction from the Seraglio, and Idomeneo; Donizetti’s Mary Stuart, The Elixir of Love, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Don Pasquale; Lehár’s The Merry Widow; Handel’s Julius Caesar; Rossini’s The Barber of Seville; Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos; Britten’s Billy Budd, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Turn of the Screw, and Peter Grimes; and Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde and Lohengrin. Last season, he also led HGO’s Show Boat. He has conducted regularly at the Metropolitan Opera since 1998 and has been principal guest conductor with San Francisco Opera since 1999; he has also closely associated with Opera Australia. During the summers of 2013 and 2014, he conducts The Magic Flute at the Bregenz Festival, and during the 2013–14 season, in addition to his work at HGO, he conducts The Flying Dutchman at San Francisco Opera, a concert with the Slovenia Philharmonic, and The Enchanted Island at the Metropolitan Opera.