The 2006-07 season opens on September 13 with the New York stage premiere of Handel's Semele, featuring Elizabeth Futral in the title role, Vivica Genaux as Juno/Ino, and Robert Breault as Jupiter. Antony Walker conducts; sets and costumes are by Anthony Baker; Stephen Lawless directs.
Director Jonathan Miller's new production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore will be set in the southwestern U.S. during the 1950s and features sets and costumes by Isabella Bywater, making her company debut. Anna Skibinsky, in her company debut, and Georgia Jarman, share the role of Adina; John Tessier and Leonardo Capalbo, in his debut, sing Nemorino; George Manahan and Gerald Steichen alternate as conductors.
Other new productions include Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte, with Julius Rudel, City Opera's general director from 1957 to 1979, returning to the podium for the first time in over 25 years. A new production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance opens the company's spring season in March. Also in March, Rossini's La donna del lago receives its first staged performance in New York since 1833, in a new production directed by Chas Rader-Shieber.
Revivals include Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Die tote Stadt, Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel set in turn-of-the century New York City, Handel's Flavio, Puccini's La bohme and Madama Butterfly, and Verdi's La traviata.