Kristine Opolais is acknowledged as one of the most exciting young sopranos before the public today. In October of 2010, she made a sensational debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in the title role of the new production of Dvorak’s Rusalka directed by Martin Kusej. This was followed in June of 2011 by her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly which was received with extraordinary critical and public acclaim.


Next Performances

New York City

Manon Lescaut

December 7 & 10, 2016



December 29, 30 & 31, 2016

New York City


February 2, 6, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25 &
March 2, 2017



Rusalka’s “Song to the Moon”

Richard Tucker Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall (2016)

U21 – Das Verhör / BR-KLASSIK

Soprano Kristine Opolais

Musikmagazin KlickKlack mit Sol Gabetta – BR-KLASSIK

Kristine Opolais zu Gast in Sol Gabettas Musikmagazin KlickKlack.

Classical Music’s Hottest Couple

Soprano Kristine Opolais & BSO’s Andris Nelsons


“Ms. Opolais seemed to live with it, growing in stature as the evening went on and radiating the kind of aura – one that demands you watch her, and sympathize with her – that defines a star… She is a performer with a tremendous future ahead of her. New York will be lucky to have her.”

New York Observer



Boito: Mefistofele

LIVE recording from the Bayerische Staatsoper
Kristine Opolais, René Pape, Joseph Calleja, Karine Babajanyan
Bayerische Staatsorchester
Omer Meir Wellber, conductor
Add the video to your collection today: Amazon


Puccini: Manon Lescaut

LIVE video recording from the Royal Opera House
Kristine Opolais, Jonas Kaufmann, Christopher Maltman, Maurizio Muraro, Benjamin Hulett
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Opera House Chorus
Antonio Pappano, conductor
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Nessun Dorma – The Puccini Album

Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
Kristine Opolais, soprano
Antonio Pappano, conductor
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
*Nominated for 2016 GRAMMY Award: Best Classical Solo Album and listed as one of The New York Times’ Best Classical Albums in 2015
Add the album to your collection today: iTunes | Amazon


Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

LIVE recording from the Vienna Konzerthaus
Thomas Hampson, Kristine Opolais, Joseph Calleja, Carlo Colombara, Luca Pisaroni
Wiener Singakademie, Wiener Symphoniker
Massimo Zanetti, conductor
Add the album to your collection today: iTunes | Amazon


Mozart: Don Giovanni

Bo Skovhus, Kyle Ketelsen, Marlis Petersen, Kristine Opolais…
Dmitri Tcherniakov, director
Louis Langrée, conductor
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Kristine Opolais, Artur Ruzinski, Lena Belkina, Dmitri Korchak, Günther Groissböck
Orchestra and Chorus of the Comunitat Valenciana
Omer Meir Wellber, conductor
Mariusz Trelinski, director
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Puccini: Suor Angelica

WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
WDR Rundfunkchor Köln
Andris Nelsons, conductor

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Dvorak: Rusalka

Klaus Florian Vogt, Günther Groissböck, Kristine Opolais, Nadia Krasteva, Janina Baechle
Martin Kusej, director
Tomas Hanus, conductor
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Prokofiev: The Gambler

Vladimir Ognovenko, Kristine Opolais
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Dmitri Tcherniakov, director

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News & Press

Kristine Opolais in “glorious voice” in ‘La Bohème’ at The Met

November 28, 2016

“I must have seen this production at least a dozen times over the last three to four years, and I cannot recall a performance of it that I enjoyed more than this one. Kristine Opolais and Piotr Beczala exceeded expectations on Tuesday night, singing Puccini’s treasured music with beauty and grace. They were a superb dramatic pair, too, making their relationship as thrilling for the audience as for the characters themselves.”

Eric C. Simpson – The New Criterion

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Kristine Opolais portrays Mimí with “great conviction” at The Met

November 25, 2016

“Kristine Opolais is a fine Mimí … she sings well and her performance grows throughout the opera and arrives with great conviction at the fourth act, when she effectively mastered the inexorable imminence of death.”

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Opera Now cover feature: “Stirring Passions – Kristine Opolais”

November 23, 2016

Acknowledged as one of the great Puccini heroines of our time, Kristine Opolais puts her heart and soul into the tragic women that she portrays on stage. It’s an almost daily engagement with raw passion and self-destruction that inevitably takes a personal toll, as the soprano explains to George Jahn.

Read the entire feature via Opera Now


Mahler and more at the 2017 Tanglewood Music Festival

November 18, 2016

Kristine Opolais returns to the Tanglewood Music Festival next summer, with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Opolais is the soprano soloist for Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 on July 9, and performs with baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky on August 26 in a not-to-be-missed opera gala concert. Tickets and more information will be available soon via

Upcoming Metropolitan Opera performances – ‘La Bohème’ & ‘Manon Lescaut’

November 7, 2016

Kristine Opolais makes her return to the Metropolitan Opera stage this winter in two of her signature Puccini roles, Mimì in La Bohème and the title role in Manon Lescaut. She stars as Mimì on November 16, 19, 23, 26 & 29 and December 3, with Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo, Brigitta Kele as Musetta, and Massimo Cavalleti as Marcello, with Marco Armiliato leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The November 23 will also receive a LIVE free radio broadcast online – listen at the following link.

Ms. Opolais sings Manon Lescaut with Marcelo Alvarez as Des Grieux, also conducted by Maestro Armiliato, on November 21 and December 7 & 10.

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Boito’s ‘Mefistofele’ from the Bayerische Staatsoper on new DVD/Blu-ray release

November 2, 2016

Kristine Opolais’ critically lauded portrayal of Margherita in a premiere production of Boito’s Mefistofele can now be enjoyed on a DVD/Blu-ray release, available for pre-order via

“Kristine Opolais, in her best singing and interpreting of the evening, was most moving . . . “L’altra notte,”as well as the rest of her Prison scene, was outstanding and her acting was, as usual, superb.”

Jeffrey A. Leipsic – Opera News

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