Patrick Summers, co-artistic director Back To Artist-Faculty
Patrick Summers is currently artistic and music director of Houston Grand Opera. This past year, he conducted 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” and Donizetti’s “La Favorite” at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu. He also led the National Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Wolf Trap Opera, in a program of Wagner Ring selections and appeared in concert with the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. 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.