The company released many of the details of the season a year ago, when it laid out its plans for 2006 and 2007 in an effort to "demonstrate the future direction of the company" after the departure of artistic director Nicholas Muni. Muni has since been succeeded by Evans Mirageas.
The season opens with Puccini's Tosca, starring soprano Aprile Millo in her company debut. Antonello Palombi, also making his debut, is Cavaradossi; Mark Delevan is Scarpia.
On June 22 and 24, the company presents Chabrier's L'ê_toile for the first time, in a production originally directed by Mark Lamos at Glimmerglass Opera. Jean-Paul Fouch_court stars as King Ouf.
Verdi's Un ballo in maschera follows on July 13 and 15. Eva Urbanovš is Amelia; Richard Margison, making his Cincinnati Opera debut, is Riccardo. The season ends on July 20 and 22 with Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, starring Vinson Cole, in his company debut, in the title role.
Announcing the season, Mirageas said, "There is an old saying 'begin as you mean to continue,' and I feel strongly that my first season as artistic director will be a wonderful example of that pledge to embrace the high standard of excellence set by my predecessors and build on the great reputation of Cincinnati Opera both at home and around the world."