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



Apr 16, 18, 23 & 26, 2015


Eugene Onegin

May 2, 5, 9 & 13, 2015


Madama Butterfly

Jul 13, 2015




Bayerische Staatsoper, 2014
Musical direction: Alain Altinoglu; Stage direction: Hans Neuenfels

Video Magazine MANON LESCAUT

Interviews with Alain Altinoglu, Hans Neuenfels, Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann

Rusalka: Song to the Moon

Bayerische Staatsoper, 2012
Tomáš Hanus, conductor

Tatyana’s letter scene (Eugene Onegin)

Omer Meir Wellber, conductor
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (2011)


“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



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
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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

Tutti Magazine: Interview de Kristine Opolais, soprano

April 22, 2015

Kristine Opolais fait partie de ces chanteuses qui marquent de leur personnalité les rôles dans lesquels elles choisissent de se fondre. Au-delà des possibilités vocales, il y a un engagement entier de l’être qui, le plus souvent, donne lieu à une présence incandescente sur scène.

Nous retrouvons cette énergie si spéciale et cette sincérité rare lorsque nous rencontrons la soprano au lendemain de ses débuts à l’Opéra national de Paris dans le rôle de Rusalka. Une étape importante pour une interprète déjà adoptée par les plus grandes maisons d’opéra, du Met à Covent Garden en passant par La Scala.

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Forum Opera: Cinq questions à Kristine Opolais

April 20, 2015

Par Laurent Bury

Suite au forfait d’Olga Guryakova (et non Peretyatko, comme l’écrivait Le Figaro dans son édition du 17 avril dernier), la soprano lettonne Kristine Opolais fait des débuts imprévus à l’Opéra de Paris, dans un rôle qui l’a fait découvrir : Roussalka (plus d’informations). Pourtant, c’est Puccini qui lui a valu de se retrouver sous le feu des projecteurs, en novembre dernier, lorsqu’elle a remplacé Anna Netrebko dans une production munichoise de Manon Lescaut dont Jonas Kaufmann était la star. Cinq questions pour cerner une carrière internationale qui a démarré il y a moins de dix ans.

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Debut with the Opéra national de Paris in Rusalka

April 2, 2015

This month, Kristine Opolais will make her highly anticipated debut with the Opéra national de Paris in one of her signature roles, Dvořák’s Rusalka. She has performed the stunning and silvery role of the water nymph to critical acclaim at some of the world’s most renowned opera houses, including the Wiener Staatsoper and the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Ms. Opolais sings alongside a splendid cast in this production, including Pavel Cernoch as the Prince, Alisa Kolosova as the Foreign Princess, and Dimitry Ivashchenko as the Water Goblin, with Jakub Hrůša leading from the pit. Performances take place April 16, 18, 23 & 26 at the spectacular Opéra Bastille, with a select date receiving a future broadcast on France Musique.

Madame Butterfly at Covent Garden

March 10, 2015

Ms. Opolais returns to the Royal Opera House to sing one of her signature roles, Cio-Cio-San, in Puccini’s heartbreaking tale of love and loss, Madame Butterfly. She made her house debut at Covent Garden singing the same role, during the 2010/11 season, to spectacular reviews.

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Kristine stars in a new production of Manon Lescaut at The Met

February 28, 2015

Kristine Opolais will sing the title role in a new production of Puccini’s dramatic and gripping work Manon Lescaut, next season at The Metropolitan Opera. These performances will be a true highlight of The Met’s upcoming 15-16 presentations, following Ms. Opolais’ “sumptuous” and “vocally assured” performances of the role in London and Munich.

She is reunited with tenor and colleague Jonas Kaufmann as Des Grieux in a new Sir Richard Eyre production, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the renowned Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The staging sets this timeless story in occupied France, draped in sumptuous film noir scenes and costumes. Performances take place February 12, 15, 18, 24 & 27, and March 1, 5, 8 & 11. There will also be a worldwide Live in HD theater broadcast, taking place on March 5.

Enjoy this behind-the-scenes video featuring Kristine and Jonas in their role debuts last year in Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House.

Madama Butterfly in Munich and London

February 18, 2015

Kristine Opolais returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper in one of her signature roles, the ill-fated Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s heartrending classic Madama Butterfly. Performances take place February 21, 23 & 26, as well as July 13, and feature Joseph Calleja as B.F. Pinkerton, Markus Eiche as Sharpless, and Okka von der Damerau as Suzuki, with Stefano Ranzani leading from the pit.

She also sings Cio-Cio-San at London’s Royal Opera House on March 20, 23, 28 & 31, and April 4 & 9. Kristine made her debut at Covent Garden in the role (2011) to spectacular notices, citing her “intensity and intelligence” and “remarkable” portrayal. Ms. Opolais is joined by an acclaimed cast for her return to this production, including Brian Jagde as Pinkerton, Gabriele Vivani as Sharpless, and Enkelejda Shkosa as Suzuki. San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti leads the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and ROH Chorus.

Ticket availability is extremely limited for both of these not-to-be-missed productions.

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