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Patrick Summers is the artistic and music director of Houston Grand Opera and principal guest conductor of San Francisco Opera. In the 2015–16 season, Mr. Summers leads two world premieres: Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Great Scott at Dallas Opera, and Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players at Houston Grand Opera, where he also conducts Verdi’s Tosca and the La Fura del Baus production of Wagner’s Siegfried. With the San Francisco Opera he conducts Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Recent guest engagements have included Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Enchanted Island at Metropolitan Opera, André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire at Los Angeles Opera, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Bregenz Festival in Austria. Mr. Summers has facilitated and performed more than a dozen world premieres, and he is a leading proponent for contemporary American opera and music, collaborating with many of today’s most successful and performed composers, among them Jake Heggie, Carlisle Floyd, Christopher Theofanidis, and Philip Glass. Mr. Summers has conducted a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to bel canto to German Romantic, and has appeared with companies including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Welsh National Opera, Rome Opera, Norwegian Opera, and Opera Australia, among others.

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