Hailed “a rising star of stage directing [whose] approach to directing refreshes hope for the future of opera,” Eve Summer is a director, producer, and choreographer. She has been described as having “a gift for translating classic symbolism into familiar detail with just enough flippancy to bring out the fun of the opera without skewing the emotional equation." This season Ms. Summer directs Albert Herring at Curtis Opera Theatre, The Pirates of Penzance at Opera Saratoga, John Musto’s Later The Same Evening at Boston University, The Mikado at Opera Grand Rapids, The Pearl Fishers at Opera in Williamsburg, and a world premiere opera for Let’s Make a Sandwich at Guerilla Opera. Selected recent directing credits include Trouble in Tahiti at the Glimmerglass Festival, The Pearl Fishers at Opera Tampa, The Little Prince at Tulsa Opera, The Tales of Hoffmann at Opera Orlando, Xerxes for Connecticut Early Music Festival, Aida at Boheme Opera New Jersey, Suor Angelica in concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Così fan tutte for Connecticut Lyric Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor for Boheme Opera New Jersey and Commonwealth Opera, Carmen for MetroWest Opera, and the world premiere of Larry Bell’s opera Holy Ghosts at the Berklee Performance Center.
Ms. Summer’s work has been called “eye-poppingly contemporary,” "a riveting, glorious production from beginning to end," and “can only be described as brilliant." Critics raved that her production of Xerxes for Connecticut Early Music Festival was “a delight, and a testament to Summer's gift for banishing stodginess from an art form too often seen as fossilized and elitist”. Her Cosi fan tutte for Commonwealth opera was hailed as “amazing…brilliantly staged, beautifully sung and acted, touching, intimate, and hilarious." Her style is naturalistic and modern and rooted in the visceral truthfulness of stage plays where she started her directing career. Her theater productions have included The Merry Wives of Windsor, Extremities, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Woolgatherer, ‘Art,’ Two Gentlemen of Verona, and her own play Neighbors, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Thomas Berger.
A former professional ballet dancer and choreographer, Ms. Summer’s choreography credits include a commission to choreograph a new ballet, Jeanne’s Fantasy, by composer Mark Warhol for the premiere with Contrapose Dance and Fort Point Theatre Channel, Elektra at Des Moines Metro Opera, Falstaff at Opera Colorado, and Don Giovanni for Boston Opera Collaborative. She recently collaborated with renowned choreographer Karole Armitage on the critically acclaimed American premiere of Philip Glass’ Opera-Ballet The Witches of Venice at Opera Saratoga. Ms. Summer’s notable assisting engagements also include Francesca Zambello on the world premiere of Ben Moore’s Robin Hood at The Glimmerglass Festival, Julia Pevzner on her widely acclaimed production of Shostakovich’s The Nose at Opera Boston, and Tim Albery on Janáček’s Katya Kabaonova at Boston Lyric Opera. Ms. Summer has been on staff as an assistant director and choreographer at The Glimmerglass Festival, Boston Lyric Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Colorado, Tulsa Opera, Opera Saratoga, and Opera Boston.