Patrick Summers is the Artistic & Music Director of the Houston Grand Opera. This summer, he conducted Donizetti’s La favorite at the 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 appears in concert with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Aspen Philharmonic. Highlights of his 2018-19 season include the west coast premiere of Jake Heggie/Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life with the San Francisco Opera, and the world premiere of The Phoenix by Tarik O’Regan and John Caird at the Houston Grand Opera.
A leading proponent for contemporary American opera and music generally, Maestro Summers has fostered and given more than twenty world premieres, collaborating with many of today’s most prominent and performed composers, among them 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, Dallas Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Rome Opera, Welsh National Opera, Norwegian Opera, and Opera Australia. Patrick Summers served as Principal Guest Conductor of the San Francisco Opera from 2009-2016.