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


Manon Lescaut

Jul 28 & 31, 2015


Italian Arias Concert

Aug 15, 2015



Aug 31, 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

Italian Arias Concert at Tanglewood

July 27, 2015

Kristine Opolais joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra and her husband, Music Director Andris Nelsons, for a concert featuring much-loved Italian Arias at the Tanglewood Festival. The concert takes place at the Koussevitzky Music Shed on August 15. Ms. Opolais will sing “L’altra notte in fondo al mare” from Boito’s Mefistofele and the “Willow Song” and “Ave Maria” from Verdi’s Otello in this special programme, which also features Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra, Puccini’s Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut, and Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben. She also sings Margherita in Mefistofele later this season, beginning October 24 at the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Manon Lescaut at the Munich Opera Festival – STAATSOPER.TV Live Stream

July 3, 2015

Kristine Opolais returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper this summer in the title role of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, which will close out the 2015 Munich Opera Festival. She reunites with tenor Jonas Kaufmann (Des Grieux) for this highly anticipated and sold-out series of performances, taking place July 28 & 31 at the Nationaltheater. Alain Altinoglu leads the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper for this powerful production, directed by Hans Neuenfels. The July 31 performance will also be live streamed for free across the globe, via at 8:30pm (C.E.T.).

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‘Madama Butterfly’ at the Bayerische Staatsoper

June 8, 2015

Kristine Opolais returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper this summer, to sing the title role of Puccini’s tragic Madama Butterfly on July 13 during the Munich Opera Festival. She is joined by Joseph Calleja as B.F. Pinkerton, Okka von der Damerau as Suzuki, and Markus Eiche as Sharpless. Stefano Ranzani leads the Bayerische Staatsorchester and Chor, in a classic production directed by Wolf Busse. Butterfly has become a signature role for Kristine, with her Metropolitan Opera debut as Cio-Cio-San described as “impressive . . . Ms. Opolais’s voluptuous, expressive voice soared over Puccini’s dense orchestration, and there were riveting moments in her portrayal” (The New York Times) and “With the right soprano in the title role, MADAMA BUTTERFLY is pretty much unstoppable. Performing the role for the first time at the Met, Kristine Opolais is definitely that singer. She has every requirement of a great Butterfly: the voice, the beauty and the art.” (

The Boston Globe reviews PBS Great Performances special with BSO

May 29, 2015

Among the highlights on the night itself were the contributions of the two star vocal soloists . . . The Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, Nelsons’s wife, sings a vivid “Un Bel Di” from “Madama Butterfly” as well as a smoldering duet with Kaufmann: “Tu, Tu, amore? Tu?” from Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut,” a work this pair is slated to perform together next season in a new Met production directed by Richard Eyre. For an additional opening night souvenir, the two singers also offered as an encore a melting, sweet-toned account of “O Soave Fanciulla” from the Act I finale of “La Bohème.”

Jeremy Eichler – The Boston Globe

The special premieres on PBS affiliate stations beginning May 29, 2015

Red Ribbon Concert and Life Ball in Vienna

May 14, 2015

Kristine Opolais will be a featured artist at the annual Red Ribbon Concert on May 15, at the Burgtheater in Vienna. This annual concert is part of the Life Ball weekend of fundraising events, which all bring celebrities, engaged citizens, and philanthropists together, to give funding and visibility to AIDS charities worldwide. She joins several colleagues from the opera world for this special performance, including Juan Diego Flórez, Piotr Beczała, and Plácido Domingo, with the from the Tonkünstler Orchestra led by Yutaka Sado. Kristine will also perform at the Life Ball on May 16, alongside several internationally acclaimed artists including Mary J. Blige and Conchita Wurst.

BSO Concert on PBS: Great Performances

May 12, 2015

Last fall, Kristine Opolais joined her husband Andris Nelsons, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and tenor Jonas Kaufmann for a spectacular gala concert featuring masterpieces of operatic and orchestral repertoire. The performance, Nelsons’ inaugural concert with the BSO, features works from several much-loved composers, including Puccini, Wagner, and Mascagni. Enjoy a video preview of the gala from PBS.

This special event will receive a nationwide broadcast across the U.S. on PBS affiliate stations beginning on May 29; check your local listings at the following link.

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