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21 July 2005

Cincinnati Opera Names Former Decca VP Evans Mirageas as New Artistic Director

The Cincinnati Opera, the nation's second-oldest opera company, which functions as a summer festival rather than a seasonal repertory company, has announced that Evans Mirageas, a former vice president of Artists and Repertoire at Decca Records and an independent artistic advisor to classical musicians and institutions worldwide, has been named the organization's new artistic director, effective September 1.

Trustees Cathy Crain and Boris Auerbach, who served as co-chairs of the search committee to find a new artistic director, said in a press release that the appointment wraps up a ten-month search process that considered more than 120 candidates from around the world.

"Evans was clearly the top choice to lead Cincinnati Opera to even greater heights of artistic excellence in the future," Crain is quoted as saying. "We are thrilled to have someone with his extraordinary vision, talent, and experience to help define the next artistic era of this great company," Auerbach said.

Mirageas succeeds artistic director Nicholas Muni, who announced his resignation in September 2004 after eight seasons with the company.

The appointment is Mirageas's first artistic directorship to an opera company. He has previously served as a casting director, recording producer, and artistic advisor with many of the leading opera and recording companies in the U.S. and Europe, the press release reports.

"Cincinnati Opera has earned its place as one of America's most exciting summer festivals with innovative programming featuring world-class artists and productions, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, an excellent chorus, and beautiful Music Hall," Mirageas said. "This season has been a tremendous success, a true home run, with an ideal mix of operas including the company's first co-commission Margaret Garner ... It will be an honor to build on that tradition and bring great operatic experiences to our audiences in the seasons to come."

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