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

Manon Lescaut

Feb 12, 15, 18, 24 & 27;
Mar 1, 5, 8 & 11, 2016

New York City

Madama Butterfly

Mar 17, 21, 25 & 29;
Apr 2, 6, 9 & 12; 2016



Apr 21, 22 & 23, 2016



Manon Lescaut: “Sei tu che piangi?”

Kristine Opolais (Manon) and Roberto Alagna (des Grieux) perform an excerpt from the Act IV 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: “Ah vieni! Colle tue braccia”

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

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

Sagen Sie jetzt nichts, Kristine Opolais

February 1, 2016

Die Sopranistin im Interview ohne Worte über Maria Callas, die Diva in ihr selbst und die Rolle ihres Lebens.

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“Red Hot” – Opera News cover story

January 14, 2016

In just a few seasons, Kristine Opolais has become one of opera’s most in-demand sopranos. This month, she stars in a new Manon Lescaut at the Met.

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A new ‘Manon Lescaut’ at The Met

January 13, 2016

This season, Kristine Opolais sings the title role in a new production of Puccini’s romantic and thrilling Manon Lescaut at The Metropolitan Opera, featuring sets and costumes that will envelop the cast in a decadent film noir setting. She previously performed the role to critical acclaim in London and Munich, with critics heralding her “sumptuous” and “vocally assured” performances.

Ms. Opolais is joined by Roberto Alagna as Des Grieux for this Sir Richard Eyre production, with Fabio Luisi leading from the pit. Performances take place February 12, 15, 18, 24 & 27 and March 1, 5, 8 & 11, with a worldwide Live in HD cinema broadcast on March 5. Kristine is also featured in another HD broadcast for The Met this season, on April 2, reprising her unforgettable portrayal of Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

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‘Nessun Dorma’ nominated for 2016 GRAMMY Award!

December 7, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann’s critically acclaimed album ‘Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album,’ featuring Kristine Opolais on duets from Manon Lescaut and La Bohème, has been nominated for a 2016 GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. For more information on the ceremony and winners announcement in February visit The GRAMMYs online.

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2016 Tanglewood Festival Announcement – ‘Aida’ in Concert

November 20, 2015

Kristine Opolais returns to the Tanglewood Festival next summer to sing the title role in the first two acts of Verdi’s epic masterpiece Aida, in concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Opolais’ husband, Music Director Andris Nelsons, leads the BSO, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and an international roster of soloists, including Andrea Caré as Radames and Kwangchul Youn as Ramfis, for this spectacular concert. The performance takes place August 20 at the Koussevitzky Music Shed, with ticket sales open to the public on January 24.

Critical acclaim for ‘Manon Lescaut’ on DVD

November 13, 2015

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“ . . . do not pass up the chance to see the power and achievement of Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais in the lead roles. Even in this day and age, to see (and hear) such uninhibited physical mastery of stage parts in opera is not so common – and everyone from the artists themselves to the director, designers, and video director should be praised . . .

Opolais and Kaufmann have the sort of continuous contact that many directors can only dream of getting from their principals. They can really sing it too, both pacing themselves well so as not to cheat on any of the full-throttle verismo demanded in the Act 2 duet – performed in intimately testing positions all over Geronte’s bed . . . Nor has the acting stopped with the singing here, whereas in some famous (perhaps more conventionally bel canto) old performances you might be hard pushed to know what each character is feeling. “

Mike Ashman – Gramophone

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