Cincinnati Opera opens its 99th season with Mozart’s masterful cat-and-mouse comedy in a “lavish…dream-like period production (The Independent). Widely considered one of the greatest comic operas ever written, The Marriage of Figaro overflows with music that is simply sublime. Soprano Susanna Phillips, a regular at the Metropolitan Opera, makes her company debut in the role of the Countess, and soprano Janai Brugger, one of Opera News’s top 25 “brilliant young artists,” makes her debut as Susanna. Baritone Joseph Lattanzi returns to sing the role of Count Almaviva, following his star turn as Hawkins Fuller in Fellow Travelers. Baritone Andrew Wilkowske sings the wily Figaro, after featuring in 2014’s Silent Night as the comedic barber-turned-soldier Ponchel.