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Houston opera conductor named new music director

- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Grand Opera conductor Patrick Summers has been named the organization's artistic and music director in a shuffle of top management after the departure of general director Anthony Freud.

The opera's board also named chief operating officer Perryn Leech as managing director. Freud resigned to lead the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Summers has conducted more than 45 operas in his 13 years with the Houston Grand Opera. He also is principal guest conductor of the San Francisco Opera and appears with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and other leading companies.

Leech joined the Houston Grand Opera as chief operating officer in 2010, after a 27-year career in production at theaters and opera companies that include the English National Opera and the Welsh National Opera.

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