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.


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BSO on Tour

May 4, 2016


BSO on Tour

May 8, 2016


BSO on Tour

May 9, 2016



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”

Manon Lescaut: “Sola, perduta, abbandonata”

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

May performances throughout Europe

April 25, 2016

Following their critically acclaimed concerts in Boston, Kristine Opolais tours Europe with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra this May, in performance at some of the continent’s most renowned venues. Ms. Opolais sings Rachmaninoff’s “Zdes’ khorosho“ („Wie schön ist’s hier!“) op. 21/7 and Tatiana’s Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, on a programme that also features works by Shostakovich, Debussy, and Ravel. Concerts take place on May 4 at the Philharmonie Essen, May 8 at Munich’s Philharmonie, and May 9 at the Musikverein in Vienna.

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‘Nelsons, Opolais bring BSO season to a close’ with “radiant” performance

April 23, 2016

“As if to underscore the institutional mood, Nelsons welcomed his wife, Kristine Opolais, back to the stage as vocal soloist with an orchestrated version of Rachmaninoff’s “Zdes’ khorosho” (“It is fine here”). This is a brief song beloved by sopranos for its winged melodies that telegraph a kind of poised satiation of the spirit . . . Thursday’s account hit its mark. And then Opolais quickly returned to the stage for a more substantive offering: the famed Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s opera “Eugene Onegin.”

Opolais was very much in her element here, her soprano radiant with dusky colorings, while dramatically, too, she inhabited the role of the young Tatiana coming to terms with the stirrings of her deep love for Onegin.”

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Andris Nelsons and Kristine Opolais Are Classical Music’s Ultimate Power Couple

April 21, 2016

Vanity Fair

For the Boston Symphony Orchestra music director and its soprano, music was indeed the food of love.

Considering the long, grueling hours of practice, rehearsal, and concertizing it takes to be a professional musician, it’s no surprise that musicians often hook up with other musicians: Robert and Clara Schumann, Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya, Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge, Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale. The most glamorous recent additions to this list are Andris Nelsons, the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and his wife, Kristine Opolais, the ravishing soprano. It was Puccini who brought them together. Back in their native Latvia he was down in the pit conducting La Bohème; she was onstage as the consumptive Mimi. Beautiful music ensued, both onstage and off.

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Classical Music’s Hottest Couple: Soprano Kristine Opolais & BSO’s Andris Nelsons


If you think “celebrity couple,” Angelina and Brad might come to mind, but when it comes to the hottest couple in the world of classical music, it’s Latvian-natives Soprano Kristine Opolais and Boston Symphony Orchestra’s music director Andris Nelsons. Nelsons will conduct while Opolais reprises Tchaikovsky’s opus with the Boston Symphony Orchestra from April 21 through 23. The couple joined Jim Braude for their first joint TV interview since Andris came to the city.

It wasn’t the first time Nelsons heard Opolais sing, but her 2004 performance of Tatyana’s “Letter Scene” from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” was the moment he fell in love.

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Kristine receives the Order of the Three Stars – Latvia’s highest state honor

April 17, 2016

Kristine Opolais has been honored with Latvia’s Order of the Three Stars, which is the highest state honor awarded by the Republic of Latvia. This special accolade recognizes her contributions to the world of opera, and her ambassadorship on behalf of her home country throughout her international travels. Ms. Opolais’ husband, conductor Andris Nelsons, was also awarded this spectacular honor. See a complete list of winners at the following link.

“It’s a privilege to represent my country around the world through music. Congratulations to Andris and all other honorees!” -Kristine

“A powerful moment for Kristine Opolais”

April 16, 2016

It wasn’t the first time he’d heard her sing. But looking back, it was Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais’s 2004 performance of Tatyana’s “Letter Scene” from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” that truly electrified the young conductor Andris Nelsons.

“I thought — oh my God . . . It’s not only the music,” said Nelsons, who will take the baton when Opolais reprises Tchaikovsky’s opus with the Boston Symphony Orchestra from April 21 through 23. “When I saw her doing Tatyana is when I got really nights not sleeping — in love.”

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