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

Bayerische Staatsoper

Manon Lescaut

Nov 15, 19, 24, 27, 30;
Dec 4 & 7


Nobel Prize Concert

Dec 8, 2014

New York

La Bohème

Jan 15, 19 & 24, 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

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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2014/15 appearances at the Bayerische Staatsoper

October 10, 2014

Kristine Opolais returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper this for several appearances in 2014/15, following last season’s series of critically acclaimed performances as Vitellia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Tatjana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. She will sing Vitellia on October 14, 17 & 23, and is joined by several returning members of the cast seen earlier this year, including Angela Brower as Sesto and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Servilia.

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A critically acclaimed Gala concert with the BSO

October 1, 2014

Kristine Opolais joined her husband, Maestro Andris Nelsons, and tenor Jonas Kaufmann, to perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a Gala concert to open the season. This concert was in celebration of Mr. Nelsons and his new post as Music Director of the BSO, the youngest to be appointed in that role in more than a century. It was also recorded for national broadcast for PBS’Great Performances series, to air at a later date.

The evening featured a mix of both orchestral favorites as well as operatic excerpts, including performances of the “Liebestod” from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and “Un bel dì” from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly from Ms. Opolais. She also joined Mr. Kaufmann in much-loved duets from La bohème and Manon Lescaut.

“ . . . a deeply felt account of “Un bel dì” from “Madama Butterfly,” delivering a glimpse of one of her signature roles that made you wish to hear more. She also teamed up with Kaufmann for “Tu, tu Amore? Tu?” from Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut,” and the pair showed real chemistry, even in a concert performance. The two capped their section of the program with a tenderly sung encore, “O Soave Fanciulla” from “La Bohème.”

Jeremy Eichler – The Boston Globe

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Gala Concert in Boston with Andris Nelsons and Jonas Kaufmann

September 12, 2014

Kristine Opolais joins her husband, Andris Nelsons, to kick off his first season as Music Director of the renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra for a Gala Concert on September 27. Kristine reunites with tenor Jonas Kaufmann for this concert, after their successful run of Manon Lescaut at Royal Opera House.

This Gala performance features the music of Wagner, Mascagni, Catalani, Respighi, and Puccini, including the Act II duet from Manon Lescaut.

Rusalka at the Wiener Staatsoper

August 19, 2014

Kristine Opolais sings the title role in Dvorak’s Rusalka at the Vienna State Opera this fall, with a spectacular cast including Piotr Beczala as The Prince, Monika Bohinec as The Foreign Princess, Günther Groissböck as The Water Goblin, and Janina Baechle sings Jezibaba. Video of Ms. Opolais performing the famous aria ‘Song to the Moon’ from Rusalka can be found here. Maestro Tomáš Netopil leads the Vienna State Opera Orchestra in these performances, taking place September 5, 10, and 13.

The September 5 opening performance of RUSALKA will be streamed live on the web:

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An “impassioned and sumptuous” Manon Lescaut at Covent Garden

August 2, 2014

Kristīne received spectacular notices for her role debut as Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House in June:

“In the title role, Kristine Opolais sings with all the lovely lyrical ache and poise that Puccini must have dreamt of . . .”
Rupert Christiansen – The Telegraph

“The playing was sumptuous, the cast magnificent . . . Opolais, (was) pure-toned and powerful. . .”
Fiona Maddocks – The Guardian

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A Mozart masterpiece in Munich

June 19, 2014

Ms. Opolais sings the role of Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito in Munich on July 16 and 19 as part of the Munich Opera Festival, and returns to sing in the same production October 14, 18, and 23, at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Enjoy video from the 1st act finale of this production here.

In July, Kristine is joined by Toby Spence as Tito Vespasiano, Tara Erraught as Sesto, Angela Brower as Annio, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller.

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Incredible Cast and Live Broadcast for new Manon Lescaut at ROH

May 31, 2014

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut returns to the Royal Opera House after a 30 year absence, featuring Kristine Opolais in the title role.

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Reviews: Madama Butterfly – Metropolitan Opera

May 20, 2014

“Ms. Opolais’s voluptuous, expressive voice soared over Puccini’s dense orchestration, and there were riveting moments in her portrayal, as the naïve young Butterfly evolves from a shy, love-struck girl to a heartbroken, outraged mother whose faith in her husband is shattered.”

-Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times

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Reviews: La bohème – Metropolitan Opera

May 5, 2014

“With effectively zero preparation, Ms. Opolais stepped right in and almost instantly meshed with the existing cast . . . The range of nuance and emotion Ms. Opolais was able to convey was quite impressive, particularly since she’d just endured Cio-cio-san’s heartbreaking decline and fall only a few hours earlier . . . Her lovely, youthful, effortlessly nuanced voice was a perfect match to her portrayal of the physically weak yet idealistic and loving Mimi.”

-Terry Ponick, Communities Digital News

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