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 became the artistic and music director of HGO in 2011 after having served as 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. At HGO, he has conducted world premieres (André Previn'sBrief 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 Otello, Don Carlos, La traviata, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, Simon Boccanegra, Falstaff, and A Masked Ball; Puccini's La bohème, Madame Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Turandot, andTosca; 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 Die Walküre, Das Rheingold, Tristan and Isolde, and Lohengrin. He has also led HGO's Show Boat and the American premiere of Weinberg's The Passenger (at HGO and on tour to the Lincoln Center Festival).  He conducts regularly at the Metropolitan Opera and is principal guest conductor for San Francisco Opera; he has also been closely associated with 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. Next 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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