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 is on the directing staff of Des Moines Metro Opera where she choreographed and assistant directed a new production of Elektra (2013) and staged opera scenes for the Apprentice Artist Program. Most recent directing engagements include The Landmarks Orchestra Concert at the Boston Hatch Shell and a series of scenes and concerts for Boston Lyric Opera where she recently assistant directed the US premiere of James MacMillan's Clemency (2013), Carmen for MetroWest Opera (2013), Così fan tutte for Connecticut Lyric Opera (2012), 'Art' for Salem Theatre Company (2012), Xerxes for Connecticut Early Music Festival (2011), Bastien und Bastienne for Opera del West (2011), Die Fledermaus for Riverside Theatre Works (2011), and 12 Angry Men for Theater Company of Saugus (2011). Ms. Summer also recently 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 (2011).

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

In the 2008-09 season Ms. Summer worked primarily at Opera Boston where in addition to apprenticing Carole Charnow, General Director, she assistant directed The Nose and The Bartered Bride, and directed Little Red Riding Hood, their touring outreach opera. 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, in addition to directing a number of plays and staged scenes in the Boston area.

Ms. Summer was trained as a classical ballet dancer with the Kirov (Universal) 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. Ms. Summer choreographs for theater, opera, and ballet.

Ms. Summer graduated summa cum laude from Assumption College with a degree in foreign languages (French, German, and Italian) and has written surtitle translations of Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica for Boston Opera Collaborative, Così fan tutte and Lucia di Lammermoor for Commonwealth Opera, L'elisir d'amore for Opera del West, Carmen for Metro West Opera, and Xerxes for Connecticut Early Music Festival. 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. Berger loved her adaptation, and corresponded with Ms. Summer during the process.

Production photos and headshot by Andrew Keefe