Patrick  Summers

Margaret Alkek Williams Chair

Conductor; Houston Grand Opera Artistic and Music Director (United States)

HGO Appearances: Tosca, Prince of Players, Siegfried.

About the Artist: Patrick Summers was named artistic and music director of HGO in 2011 after having served as the company's music director since 1998. He has conducted more than 50 operas at HGO and has been responsible for many of HGO's important artistic advances, including the development of the HGO Orchestra. He has conducted a vast repertoire that spans the operatic canon; some highlights of his work at HGO include collaborating on the world premieres of  André Previn's Brief Encounter, Christopher Theofanidis's The Refuge, Jake Heggie's The End of the Affair and Three Decembers, Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree, and Tod Machover's Resurrection; leading the American premiere of Weinberg's Holocaust opera The Passenger, both at HGO and on tour to the Lincoln Festival; and nurturing the careers of such artists as Christine Goerke, Ailyn Pérez, Joyce DiDonato, Ana María Martínez, Ryan McKinny, Tamara Wilson, Albina Shagimuratova, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Norman Reinhardt, Jamie Barton, and Dimitri Pittas. Besides his work with HGO,  Maestro Summers conducts regularly at the Metropolitan Opera (most recently The Enchanted Island) and is principal guest conductor for San Francisco Opera, the company with which he began his career more than 25 years ago as a member of the Merola Opera Program. His work with San Francisco Opera includes collaborating with André Previn on the 1998 world premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire and conducting several of the performances, and conducting Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick, a performance of which was recorded and telecast on PBS's Great Performances. Internationally, he has conducted for the Bregenz Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Welsh National Opera, Rome Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Opera Australia. During the summer of 2015, he conducts The Marriage of Figaro at San Francisco Opera and the Aspen Chamber Symphony at the Aspen Music Festival. During the 2015-16 season, besides his work at HGO, he conducts Sweeney Todd at San Francisco Opera and the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's Great Scott at The Dallas Opera.

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