Eve Summer

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"Summer has a gift for translating classic symbolism into familiar detail." (The Valley Advocate)


Eve Summer is a free-lance stage director, producer, and choreographer. She trained as a classical ballet dancer with the Kirov Ballet and Boston Ballet where, as a young dancer, she performed extensively with the company. Ms. Summer went on to dance professionally, performing Corps de Ballet and Soloist roles with the Inland Pacific Ballet Company in Los Angeles. Hailed 'a rising star of stage directing [whose] approach to directing refreshes hope for the future of opera,' Eve Summer went on to direct theater, choreograph for opera, ballet, and plays, and then to direct opera. 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 she directs Don Giovanni for Bel Cantani Opera in Maryland and joins Opera Saratoga as a Directing Fellow for the season.

In the 2014-15 season she directed a new production of The Magic Flute for The Hartt Opera Theater at The University of Hartford, returned to Boston Lyric Opera to assist Tim Albery on Janacek's Katya Kabanova, and staged a new production of Le nozze di Figaro for dell'Arte Opera Ensemble. This season also saw a very exciting premiere with The Shakespeare Concerts: a new chamber opera The Tempest, for which Ms. Summer wrote the libretto, music by Joseph Summer. The cast featured Metropoliatan Opera Bass-Baritone Christian Van Horn, as well as Kathryn Guthrie, James Maddalena, Neal Ferreira, Katherine Pracht, and David Salsbery Fry and the recording has just been released on the Albany Records label.

In the 2013-14 season, Ms. Summer directed The Landmarks Orchestra Concert at the Boston Hatch Shell with Boston Lyric Opera following a series of scenes concerts for BLO's summer community outreach programming. Ms. Summer also created an evening of Russian and Spanish song and dance featuring her staging and original choreography with conductor Andrew Altenbach for Boston Opera Collaborative's series at The Oberon Theater. In the 2012-13 season Ms. Summer joined the directing staff of Des Moines Metro Opera where she choreographed and assistant directed Elektra and staged opera scenes for the Apprentice Artist Program. She also directed and choreographed Carmen for MetroWest Opera and at Boston Lyric Opera she assistant directed the US premiere of James MacMillan's Clemency. In the 2011-12 season Ms. Summer directed a new production of Così fan tutte for Connecticut Lyric Opera and the play 'Art' for Salem Theatre Company. In the 2010-11 season, she produced and directed Xerxes for Connecticut Early Music Festival, directed Bastien und Bastienne for Opera del West, Die Fledermaus for Riverside Theatre Works, and the play 12 Angry Men for Theater Company of Saugus. Ms. Summer also choreographed the world premiere of Mark Warhol's ballet, Jeanne's Fantasy with Contrapose Dance and Maestra Kim Diehnelt leading Ensemble Warhol for Fort Point Theater Channel.

In the 2009-10 season Ms. Summer served as Artistic Director of Commonwealth Opera Company where she produced and directed Così fan tutte and Lucia di Lammermoor. She directed Le nozze di Figaro for Kaliope Opera, The Merry Wives of Windsor at MIT, and L'elisir d'amore and The Telephone at Opera del West.

In the 2008-09 season Ms. Summer worked primarily at Opera Boston where she apprenticed Carole Charnow, General Director, assistant directed The Nose and The Bartered Bride. She directed Little Red Riding Hood, Opera Boston's touring outreach opera. That season she also staged the world premiere of Holy Ghosts, an opera by Larry Bell based on the play by Romulus Linney at the Berklee Performance Center and directed Suor Angelica for Boston Opera Collaborative.

Ms. Summer graduated summa cum laude from Assumption College with a degree in foreign languages (French, German, and Italian) and has written 9 original opera surtitle translations. Ms. Summer has long been a devotee of writer Thomas Berger and with his support wrote a play based on his novel Neighbors which she directed in the spring of 2007 at Assumption College.

Production photos and headshot by Andrew Keefe