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

Richard Tucker Gala Concert

October 30, 2016

New York City

La Bohème

November 16 & 19, 2016

New York City

Manon Lescaut

November 21, 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

Manon Lescaut: “Ah vieni! Colle tue braccia”

Kristine Opolais (Manon) and Roberto Alagna (des Grieux) perform an excerpt from the Act II duet


“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



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
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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

Richard Tucker Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall

October 16, 2016

Kristine Opolais makes her debut as a featured soloist at the Richard Tucker Gala Concert this season, on October 30 at Carnegie Hall. The evening honors the winner of the 2016 Award, Tamara Wilson, and also features performances by Jamie Barton, Javier Camarena, Joyce DiDonato, and more. Maestro Asher Fisch leads Members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for the concert, which highlights much loved arias, duets, and ensembles from the operatic canon. The evening also features a post-performance dinner hosted at the Plaza Hotel. Tickets and more information are available via the following link.

Concert Tour throughout Latvia and Lithuania

September 24, 2016

Kristine Opolais embarks on a multi-city tour this fall, with conductor Sesto Quatrini and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. The tour includes performances at Liepaja’s “Great Amber” Concert Hall (September 30), the Latgales vēstniecība GORS in Rezekne (October 2), Riga’s Latvian National Opera (October 4), and at Vilnius’ Lithuanian National Opera (October 7). The programme features arias and orchestral selections by Verdi, Mascagni, Cilea, Puccini, and more.

Kristine Opolais is “radiant” in ‘Madama Butterfly’ at the Wiener Staatsoper

September 11, 2016

“Butterfly is not a role for the faint-hearted (even the great Mirella Freni never sang it on stage) and glamourous Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais brought intelligence and an impressive vocal technique to this difficult part. She has already sung Cio-Cio-San at the Met, Munich and Covent Garden and The Telegraph described her as “the leading Puccini soprano of today” … there was exceptional subtlety in this well thought-out characterization. The innocence with which Butterfly asks Sharpless when robins build their nests in America was touching. Although physically fragile, Butterfly is definitely no (to use the gender-erroneous American parlance) “bimbo” having at the outset observed that “No one ever admits he was born in poverty” and several times politely but firmly correcting those who refer to her as “Madama Butterfly” instead of “Madama Pinkerton.”

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“Einspringen war mein Schicksal!” – Online Merker mit Kristine Opolais

September 6, 2016

Die aus Lettland stammende Kristine Opolais ist ein Spitzenstar der internationalen Opernbühnen, ein umschwärmter Liebling zwischen New York und München – nur in Wien extrem selten zu Gast. Das liegt, wie sie sagt, nicht an ihr, und sie würde es für die Zukunft gerne ändern. Zu Saisonbeginn singt sie an der Staatsoper ihre Glanzrolle, die „Madama Butterfly“. Aber sie will nicht Puccinis First Lady bleiben, als die man sie gerne bezeichnet: Für die Zukunft liebäugelt sie mit Verdi. Und viel später… aber lesen Sie selbst.

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‘Madama Butterfly’ at the Wiener Staatsoper

September 1, 2016

Kristine Opolais stars as Cio-Cio-San in the Wiener Staatsoper’s timeless production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, September 8, 12 & 14. Piero Pretti sings Lt. Pinkerton, with Bongiwe Nakani as Suzuki and Boaz Daniel as Sharpless for these performances, conducted by Philippe Augin. The September 14 engagement will also receive a live broadcast via Staatsoper Live.

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