Hailed as “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. In the 2019-20 season Ms. Summer directed Albert Herring at Curtis Opera Theatre, The Mikado at Opera Grand Rapids,John Musto’s Later The Same Evening at Boston University, The Pearl Fishers at Opera in Williamsburg, Bluebeard’s Castle at Mid Ohio Opera, and conceived and prepared Il Tabarro & Gianni Schicchi for Yale Opera and The Pirates of Penzance for Opera Saratoga. Selected recent directing credits include Trouble in Tahiti at the Glimmerglass Festival, The Little Prince at Tulsa Opera, The Pearl Fishers at Opera Tampa, The Tales of Hoffmann at Opera Orlando, Xerxes for Connecticut Early Music Festival, Aida and Lucia di Lammermoor at Boheme Opera New Jersey, Suor Angelica with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Magic Flute at Opera in Williamsburg and Hartt Opera Theatre, Le nozze di Figaro for dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Così fan tutte for Connecticut Lyric Opera and Commonwealth Opera, Carmen for MassOpera, 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 was “a delight, and a testament to Summer's gift for banishing stodginess from an art form too often seen as fossilized and elitist”. Critics hailed her Albert Herring at Curtis as “exuberant and delightful,” “a drawing room tour de force,” and praised “It is hard to imagine how the performance could have been improved. It was sensational.” 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.