HGO’s Summers Named Principal Guest Conductor By San Francisco Opera
At a press conference last week, San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley announced the appointment of Houston Grand Opera’s Music Director Patrick Summers as principal guest conductor for the 2009-`12 seasons.
Summers will remain HGO’s Music Director through at least 2014.
In his capacity as principal guest conductor, Summers will lead at least one production at San Francisco Opera for the next three seasons, and will advise as a key member of the artistic team.
In the 2009–`10 Season, Summers will conduct Puccini’s “Il Trittico” for San Francisco Opera. As music director of Houston Grand Opera, Summers will conduct Wagner’s “Lohengrin,” Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” and Puccini’s “Tosca” in HGO’s 2009-`10 season.
HGO General Director and CEO Anthony Freud called Summers “one of the finest music directors in the world.”
“He is a great musician, an inspiring conductor and a wonderful company builder. Companies the world over love working with him, valuing very highly his expertise, leadership and guidance,” Freud said. “The Houston Grand Opera company congratulates both Patrick and San Francisco Opera on this appointment.”
Summers was appointed music director at Houston Grand Opera in 1998 and will remain in that capacity until at least 2014. He is credited with helping the HGO Orchestra to become a world-class ensemble, regularly praised by visiting music critics from around the world.
Summers was named one “The 25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera” by Opera News.