Patrick Summers Conducts Verdi in Houston, Makes LA Opera Debut this Spring

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Patrick Summers Conducts Verdi in Houston, Makes LA Opera Debut this Spring

Patrick Summers continues his first season at the helm of the Houston Grand Opera this spring, leading performances of Verdi's Don Carlos (April 13-28) and Donizetti's Mary Stuart (April 21-May 4). Summers – named HGO's Artistic and Music Director in May 2011, following a 13-year period as Music Director – began his Houston season withVerdi's La traviata. Last fall, the conductor continued his long association with San Francisco Opera as principal guest conductor, leading the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis' Heart of a Soldier and, soon after, the company premiere of Handel's Xerxes. He returns to the West Coast this spring, making his Los Angeles Opera debut by conducting Puccini's La bohème (May 12-June 2).

With Don Carlos in Houston, Summers will lead the company in the five-act French version. The cast includes Brandon Jovanovich in the title role (a role debut for the Montana-born tenor), Tamara Wilson as Elisabeth de Valois, Christine Goerke as Princess Eboli, and Scott Hendricks as Rodrigue, with the staging directed by John Caird. Always a singer's conductor, Summers has a legacy of working with the world's most acclaimed singers, preparing them for important role debuts – from Renée Fleming and her first Violetta to Anna Netrebko and her first Elvira, press notes state. Now he is doing the same in Houston with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, for her debut in the title role of Mary Stuart – a part the HGO Studio alum will play next season at the Metropolitan Opera. Alongside DiDonato, the cast for Mary Stuart includes Katie Van Kooten as Elizabeth I and Eric Cutler as the Earl of Leicester, with stage direction by Kevin Newbury.




More On: Houston Grand Opera, Mary Stuart, Los Angeles Opera, Brandon Jovanovich, Scott Hendrick, John Caird, Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato,

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