Principal Guest Conductor
Houston Grand Opera Artistic and Music Director and Principal Guest Conductor for San Francisco Opera, Patrick Summers has led a vast repertory for the Company, including Ariodante; Samson et Dalila; Iphigénie en Tauride; Il Trittico, Xerxes, Der Fliegende Holländer; the world premieres of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire (1998), Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (2000), and Christopher Theofanidis and Donna Di Novelli’s Heart of a Soldier (2011); the West Coast premiere of Heggie’s Three Decembers (2008); and Heggie’s Moby-Dick (2012). Summers has twice received Merola Opera Program’s Otto Guth Award and was named its “Distinguished Alumnus” in 2001. The maestro has led an array of productions at the Metropolitan Opera, including La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Così fan tutte, I Puritani, Rodelinda, Iphigénie en Tauride, as well as Madama Butterfly, Salome, and I Puritani, which were broadcast live in HD to movie theaters globally. Summers has also conducted at the world’s preeminent opera companies, including Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Lisbon Opera, Bordeaux Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bregenz Festival, Welsh National Opera, Opera Australia, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and the Dallas Opera. Other world premieres include Previn’s Brief Encounter at Houston Grand Opera and Paul Moravec’s The Letter at the Santa Fe Opera. Summers has overseen many of Houston Grand Opera’s important artistic advances, including the formation of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. During his tenure, he has supervised and conducted seven world premieres as well as many seminal opera works not previously mounted by the company. He conducts Le Nozze di Figaro with the Company in 2015.