Today, Houston Grand Opera announced Patrick Summers as its new artistic and music director. He moves into the position vacated by Anthony Freud, who left HGO in April to become the general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago
"My initial attraction to Houston Grand Opera has greatly deepened during my years here," says Summers, who has been on the HGO staff since the 1998-99 season, in an official release. "In this precarious time for the arts in the United States, HGO has managed to constantly re-define what an arts company could look like in a young and growing American city."
Along with Summers' promotion, other staff shake-ups include the appointment of Perryn Leech from chief operating officer to managing director.
HGO completed its 2010-11 season over the weekend, so one of the first projects Summers will work on in his new gig is making sure the Paris-bound To Cross the Face of the Moon/Cruzar la Cara de la Luna mariachi opera goes off without a hitch.
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Summers will also be called upon to continue the company's success with patronage; during its Wednesday board meeting, HGO reported more than $4 million in ticket sales this past season.