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Patrick Summers made his début at Houston Grand Opera in 1999 conducting Verdi’s La traviata and has since conducted more than 30 operas as the company’s music director, including the world premières of Brief Encounter by André Previn, Three Decembers and The End of the Affair by Jake Heggie, The Refuge by Christopher Theofanidis, and Resurrection by Tod Machover, all recorded by Albany Records. He conducted the world première of Moravec’s The Letter at the Santa Fe Opera and of Heggie’s Moby Dick at the Dallas Opera. His diverse credits at the Metropolitan Opera include Richard Strauss’s Salome and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Other highlights include Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Handel’s Ariodante and Three Decembers at San Francisco Opera, where he is principal guest conductor; Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; and Verdi’s Nabucco and Puccini’s Turandot with Opera Australia. He led the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s on Renée Fleming’s GRAMMY® Award-winning solo recording Bel Canto, available from Decca.

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