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


Madama Butterfly

September 8, 12 & 14, 2016



September 30, 2016



October 2, 2016



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

Manon Lescaut: “Ahi! mia beltà funesta”

Kristine Opolais sings an excerpt from Manon’s aria from Act IV of Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut”


“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

Kristine Opolais is a “lustrous” Aida at Tanglewood

August 22, 2016

” … her singing was instantly notable for its lustrous beauty of tone and for her ability to phrase lines in ways that projected the music’s pathos with a fierce directness.”

Jeremy Eichler – The Boston Globe

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‘Aida’ in concert at the Tanglewood Festival

July 26, 2016

Kristine Opolais sings the title role in Verdi’s Aida, this summer at the Tanglewood Festival (August 20). This concert performance, held at the Koussevitzky Music Shed, features the first two acts of the opera, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Andris Nelsons. Violeta Urmana is Amneris, Andrea Carè sings Radames, Franco Vassallo is Amonasro, and Morris Robinson is The King, in addition to the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

BWW Opera: Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET on PBS, 8/19

July 23, 2016

“The late Anthony Minghella’s critically acclaimed production of Puccini’s classic Madama Butterfly comes to THIRTEEN’S GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET Friday, August 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Kristine Opolais brings her heartbreaking interpretation of the title role to the series for the first time.”

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‘Manon Lescaut’ on PBS Great Performances

July 19, 2016

Kristine Opolais’ critically lauded performance in the title role of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at The Metropolitan Opera can be enjoyed via a PBS Great Performances broadcast, on Saturday, August 13. View the online schedule for your local station to see air dates/times in your area. The broadcast is part of the 10th Anniversary season of Met Opera Great Performances Broadcasts.

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Metropolitan Opera HD Encore Broadcast – ‘La Bohème’

July 6, 2016

Kristine Opolais’ triumphant performance as Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème (2014) will be featured as one of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016 summer HD encore broadcasts, on July 13. Ms. Opolais stepped in to substitute for an ill colleague, and in doing so she made Met Opera history as the first artist to debut two roles on the Met stage in less than 24 hours, as she performed Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly the evening prior.

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‘Mefistofele’ at the Bayerische Staatsoper

May 21, 2016

Kristine Opolais returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper this summer, to reprise her portrayal of Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele. Her performances in the role last season were heralded by critics across the globe:

“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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