Patrick Summers American conductor born 1963

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Patrick Summers – conductor Patrick Summers (born August 14, 1963) is an American conductor best known for his work as Artistic and Music Director of Houston Grand Opera and as Principal Guest Conductor of San Francisco Opera.

Patrick Summers American conductor born 1963

Patrick Summers was born in Washington, Indiana and raised in Loogootee, Indiana. He graduated from the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in music in 1986. Upon graduation, he participated in the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program as an apprentice coach in 1986 and 1987, and won the Otto Guth Memorial Award for excellence in vocal coaching both years. Summers’ first professional engagement, with San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater, was conducting La bohème in their 1986/87 season. Following that performance, he was made musical director of the Western Opera Theater until 1989.

He led the Western Opera Theater on its 1987 tour to China – the first time a Western opera company visited the country. In 1988, Summers conducted the Chinese premiere of Puccini’s Toscain Shanghai. In 1989, he began his tenure as the music director of the San Francisco Opera Center, a training program for young singers; his first main-stage production, Die Fledermaus, was in 1990.

During his time at the Opera Center, Summers helped develop the Pacific Voices program. In 1994, his final year at the Opera Center, Summers had his debut with Opera Australia, conducting La Cenerentola. In 1999, he was named the Principal Guest Conductor of San Francisco Opera. Summers is still active with San Francisco Opera, most recently conducting Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick.

Houston Grand Opera and the Metropolitan Opera

In 1998, Patrick Summers was made Music Director of Houston Grand Opera, a position he has held since. 1998 also saw Summers’ Metropolitan Opera conducting debut in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Since 1998, Summers has repeatedly returned to the Metropolitan Opera as a guest conductor. He was one of three conductors, along with Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine and Marco Armiliato, to participate in the Metropolitan Opera’s 125th Anniversary Gala, has led the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions finals concert on several occasions, and has appeared in four of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD transmissions of Saturday matinee performances shown in cinemas around the world. In 2006, Summers led the Metropolitan Opera on a tour of Japan.

As Music Director of Houston Grand Opera, Patrick Summers oversaw the foundation and development of the HGO Orchestra.  Prior to the orchestra’s foundation, HGO hired outside orchestras for its productions. Since 1998, Summers has conducted over 50 productions at Houston Grand Opera, including seven world premieres (notably Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree in 2000 . In recent years, Summers helped oversee the creation of HGOCo, an initiative that includes commissions, teacher workshops, and opportunities for children and young voice students.  In 2011, following Anthony Freud’s move to Chicago Lyric Opera, Summers was named Houston Grand Opera’s Artistic and Music Director.

Conducting in Europe

Patrick Summers’s European debut was in 1994 at the Rome Opera conducting Manon Lescaut. He has since appeared at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu (La Cenerentola), the Welsh National Opera (Rigoletto), theBregenz Festival (The Magic Flute and Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men), Lisbon’s Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (Ariadne auf Naxos), the Opéra national de Bordeaux (Don Pasquale and La bohème), and the European premiere of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg.

Symphonic work

Patrick Summers is also in demand as a symphonic conductor, often in collaboration with other artists, such as baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, soprano Renée Fleming, and soprano Christine Brewer. In 2010, Summers led pianist Yuja Wang and the Russian National Orchestra on an eight-city U.S. tour. Summers made his debut at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in a gala concert celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary season, and his debut with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Ljubljana conducting Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

In addition, he has conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Colorado Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Work with composers

Patrick Summers has collaborated closely with a number of composers and is widely sought-after internationally for his interpretation of new music. His work with living composers has resulted in the world premieres of nearly a dozen works. Throughout his career, Summers has worked with composers Tod Machover (on his opera Resurrection), Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking, The End of the Affair, Last Acts, Moby-Dick),Rachel Portman (The Little Prince), Michael Daugherty, Carlisle Floyd (Cold Sassy Tree), André Previn (A Streetcar Named Desire and Brief Encounter), Mark Adamo, Daniel Catán (Salsipuedos), R. Murray Schafer,Lee Hoiby (The Tempest), Christopher Theofanidis (The Refuge and Heart of a Soldier, and Paul Moravec (The Letter), amongst others.

Recordings

Summers is featured on many audio and video recordings. In 2002, he won a Grammy Award for his audio recording Bel Canto, with soprano Renée Fleming and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.  He has recorded many new works with Houston Grand Opera: Mark Adamo’s Little Women (Ondine, 2002), Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas (Albany, 2002), Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree (Albany, 2005) and Of Mice and Men (Albany, 2003), Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (Virgin Classics, 2012) and Three Decembers (Albany, 2008), Tod Machover’s Resurrection (Albany, 2002), André Previn’s Brief Encounter (Deutsche Grammophon, 2011), and Christopher Theofanidis’s The Refuge (Albany, 2007).

Recordings

On DVD and Blu-ray Disc, releases include Bellini’s I puritani (Deutsche Grammophon, 2008), Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Sony, 2011), and Richard Strauss’s Salome (Sony, 2011) all with the Metropolitan Opera; Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (2011) with Opera Australia; Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Decca, 2010) with the Gran Teatre del Liceu; and Mark Adamo’s Little Women (Naxos, 2010) with Houston Grand Opera.

Writings

Summers has contributed over thirty articles to Opera Cues, the official program book and magazine of Houston Grand Opera, having written on composers (Britten, Donizetti, Handel, Janacek, Jerome Kern andOscar Hammerstein II, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi, and Wagner), collaborations with living composers (Jake Heggie, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Stephen Sondheim), and features on opera donors, in addition to essays on conducting, opera, and education. Summers is currently editing and compiling a book of selected essays, forthcoming from University of Chicago Press.

Awards, honors, and media recognition

  • Lecturer for Rice University’s Campbell Lecture Series (2013)
  • Stars of Australia Award (2008)
  • Named one of the ”25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera” by Opera News (2006)
  • Grammy Award for recording of Bel Canto (2002)
  • Named ”Distinguished Alumnus” by San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program (2001)
  • Stolichnaya’s Artist of the Year (1998)
  • Otto Guth Memorial Award, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program (1986, 1987)

Metropolitan Opera

Met Performance] CID:331258
Die Fledermaus {189}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/24/1998
Debut: Bo Skovhus, Patrick Summers, Richard Holmes
[Met Performance] CID:331267
Die Fledermaus {190}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/28/1998
[Met Performance] CID:331276
Die Fledermaus {191}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/1998
[Met Performance] CID:331282
Die Fledermaus {192}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/2/1999
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:331294
Die Fledermaus {193}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/6/1999
[Met Performance] CID:331306
Die Fledermaus {194}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/9/1999
[Met Performance] CID:331315
Die Fledermaus {195}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/1999
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:332282
Millennium Gala: Die Fledermaus, Act II
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/1999
[Met Performance] CID:333447
Così Fan Tutte {157}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/2001
Debut: Melanie Diener
[Met Performance] CID:333453
Così Fan Tutte {158}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/20/2001
[Met Performance] CID:333465 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Così Fan Tutte {159}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/24/2001
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:333477
Così Fan Tutte {160}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/28/2001
[Met Performance] CID:333489
Così Fan Tutte {161}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/3/2001
[Met Performance] CID:333498
Così Fan Tutte {162}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/7/2001
[Met Performance] CID:333510
Così Fan Tutte {163}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/10/2001
[Met Performance] CID:333525
Così Fan Tutte {164}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/15/2001
[Met Performance] CID:350396
Lucia di Lammermoor {535}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/11/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350401
Lucia di Lammermoor {536}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/15/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350407
Lucia di Lammermoor {537}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/21/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350414
Lucia di Lammermoor {538}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/25/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350593
Lucia di Lammermoor {539}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/29/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350417
Lucia di Lammermoor {540}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/02/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350425
Lucia di Lammermoor {541}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/06/2002
Debut: Annick Massis
[Met Performance] CID:350429
Lucia di Lammermoor {542}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/10/2002
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:351203
National Council Grand Finals Concert
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/20/2005
First Appearance: Mari Moriya, Lisette Oropesa, Jordan Bisch, Joseph Kaiser, Michele Losier, Ellie Dehn, Susannah Phillips
Broadcast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:351473
National Council Grand Finals Concert
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/2006
First appearance: Paul Corona, Donovan Singletary, John Moore
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351513  
Rodelinda {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/02/2006
Debuts: Andreas Scholl, Christophe Dumaux
[Met Performance] CID:351517  Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Rodelinda {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/06/2006
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351521
Rodelinda {12}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/10/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351525
Rodelinda {13}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/13/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351531
Rodelinda {14}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/19/2006
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:351533  
Gala Celebration in honor of Joseph Volpe
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/20/2006
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:351534
La Traviata {914}
Kobe, Japan; 06/10/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351537
La Traviata {915}
Tokyo, Japan; 06/14/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351540
La Traviata {916}
Tokyo, Japan; 06/17/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351547
La Traviata {917}
Tokyo, Japan; 06/22/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351750 
I Puritani {43}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/2006
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:351758
I Puritani {44}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/30/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351775
I Puritani {45}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/03/2007
[Met Performance] CID:351783  Opera News
I Puritani {46}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/06/2007
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:351792
I Puritani {47}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/11/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351832
I Puritani {48}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/05/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351838
I Puritani {49}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/08/2007
[Met Performance] CID:351854
I Puritani {50}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/15/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352202 
New Production
Iphigénie en Tauride {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/27/2007
Debuts: Louis Langrée, Sasha Cooke, Michele Losier, Jacqueline Antaramian, Mark Capri
Broadcast/Streamed
Review
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:352565  
Opening Night Gala
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/22/2008
Opening Night {124}
Peter Gelb, General Manager
Debut: Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano
HD Simulcast/Streamed/Times Squarecast/Plazacast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:352566 
Salome {151}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/23/2008
Debuts: Juha Uusitalo, Donovan Singletary
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352591
Salome {152}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/26/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352582
Salome {153}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/30/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352592
Salome {154}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/04/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352601
Salome {155}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/07/2008
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352611 
Salome {156}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/11/2008
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:352622
Salome {157}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/16/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352642
Madama Butterfly {819}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/24/2008
Debuts: Marc Petrosino
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352651
Madama Butterfly {820}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/29/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352657
Madama Butterfly {821}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/01/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352671
Madama Butterfly {822}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/04/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352678
Madama Butterfly {823}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/08/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352687
Madama Butterfly {824}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/11/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352694
Madama Butterfly {825}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/15/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352700
Madama Butterfly {826}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/19/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352707
Madama Butterfly {827}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/22/2008
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:352892
National Council Grand Finals Concert
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/22/2009
First appearance: Anthony Roth Costanzo, Paul Appleby, Kiri Deonarine, Nadine Sierra br>Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352905
Madama Butterfly {828}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/27/2009
[Met Performance] CID:352909
Madama Butterfly {829}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/03/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352920 
Madama Butterfly {830}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/07/2009
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:353806 
Iphigénie en Tauride {14}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/12/2011
Debuts: Julie Boulianne, Lei Xu, Cecelia Hall
[Met Performance] CID:353817
Iphigénie en Tauride {15}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/16/2011
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353827
Iphigénie en Tauride {16}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/21/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353835 
Lucia di Lammermoor {581}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/24/2011
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353839 
Iphigénie en Tauride {17}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/2011
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:353843
Lucia di Lammermoor {582}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/28/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353846
Iphigénie en Tauride {18}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/02/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353852
Lucia di Lammermoor {583}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/04/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353854
Iphigénie en Tauride {19}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/05/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353861
Lucia di Lammermoor {584}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/08/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353871
Lucia di Lammermoor {585}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/12/2011
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:353876
National Council Grand Finals Concert
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/13/2011
First appearance: Ryan Speedo Green
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353881
Lucia di Lammermoor {586}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/16/2011
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353886 
Lucia di Lammermoor {587}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/19/2011
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:355334 List of Selections
The Enchanted Island {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/2014
Debuts: Nicholas Pallesen, Norman Shankle
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:355338
The Enchanted Island {12}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/01/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355347
The Enchanted Island {13}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/05/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355352 
The Enchanted Island {14}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/08/2014
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:355364
The Enchanted Island {15}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/12/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355370
The Enchanted Island {16}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/15/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355382
The Enchanted Island {17}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/20/2014
Broadcast/Streamed

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