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

Mar 20, 23, 28, 31
Apr 4 & 9, 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

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.

La Bohème at The Met

January 6, 2015

Kristine Opolais reprises her star turn as Mimì in Puccini’s beloved La Bohème this month in Zeffirelli’s timeless production at The Metropolitan Opera. Last season she made Met history, debuting the role less than 24 hours after her debut as Cio-Cio-San in another heartbreaking work from Puccini, Madama Butterfly. Her turn as the ill-fated Mimì in that last-minute appearance was described as “so remarkable and complete” (Seen and Heard International) that critics and audiences alike were stunned by her performance.

Ms. Opolais is joined by tenor Jean-François Borras as her lover, the poet Rodolfo, soprano Marina Rebeka as the flamboyant Musetta, and Mariusz Kwiecien as the painter Marcello, with Riccardo Frizza leading from the pit. Performances for this not-to-be-missed limited engagement take place January 15, 19 & 24.

2015 Tanglewood Concert Announced!

December 3, 2014

Kristine Opolais will sing on a concert featuring the music of Strauss, Barber, Boito, Puccini, and Verdi on August 15, 2015 as part of the Tanglewood Music Center’s 75th Anniversary Celebration. Tickets go on sale January 25 at She joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra and her husband Andris Nelsons, Music Director, for this special concert, following her “shimmering” debut with the BSO earlier this season.

Cast change: Kristine will sing Manon Lescaut at Bayerische Staatsoper

November 3, 2014

Kristine Opolais will step in to replace Anna Netrebko in the title role of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Bayerische Staatsoper this winter. Performances take place November 15, 19, 24, 27 & 30, and December 4 & 7 – all dates are now listed as sold out. Ms. Opolais was released from her contract to sing Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème at The Metropolitan Opera for this opportunity (Sonya Yoncheva will now sing Mimì).

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