This season at HGO, he conducts Dmitri Hvorostovsky's first Simon Boccanegra and the company's first performances of Janšcek's The Cunning Little Vixen. He has also led major role debuts for Ren_e Fleming (Violetta in Verdi's La traviata), Susan Graham (Hanna Glawari in Lehšr's The Merry Widow), Marcello Giordani (Manrico in Verdi's Il trovatore) and Patricia Racette (Elisabetta in Verdi's Don Carlo).
Summers's recent Metropolitan Opera credits include Handel's Rodelinda, Verdi's La traviata on tour to Japan, and segments of the Met's farewell gala for Joseph Volpe.
Houston Grand Opera general director Anthony Freud commented, "Since becoming our music director in 1998, Patrick has contributed immeasurably to the company's success and worldwide reputation, in the many outstanding performances he has conducted, and in his development of the orchestra and chorus. Patrick is one of the finest music directors in the world. He is a great musician, an inspiring conductor and a master builder of both orchestra and chorus.
Summers remarked, "It is with great joy and gratitude that I sustain my commitment to the Houston Grand Opera. I look forward to the further growth of my artistic relationship with my colleagues in the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and leading them through our first performances together of operas by Benjamin Britten, Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner, among others, in the coming years."