2018–19 Season: Conductor of It's a Wonderful Life
Patrick Summers is currently Artistic Director and Music Director of Houston Grand Opera. This past summer, he conducted Donizetti’s La Favorite at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu and led the National Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Wolf Trap Opera, in a program of Wagner Ring selections. He also appeared in concert with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Aspen Philharmonic. Highlights of his 2018–19 season include the world premiere of The Phoenix by Tarik O’Regan and John Caird at the Houston Grand Opera, as well as productions in Houston of The Flying Dutchman and Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas. A leading proponent for contemporary American opera, Maestro Summers has fostered and led more than 20 world premieres, collaborating with many of today’s most prominent and performed composers, including Jake Heggie, Carlisle Floyd, Christopher Theofanidis, and Philip Glass. Summers conducts a wide range of repertoire, from Baroque to bel canto to German Romantic, and he has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Dallas Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Rome Opera, Welsh National Opera, Norwegian Opera, and Opera Australia. From 2009 to 2016, he served as Principal Guest Conductor of San Francisco Opera, where he has conducted more than 30 productions, including Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Theofanidis’ Heart of a Soldier, and Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, and Moby-Dick.