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



Oct 24 & 29;
Nov 1, 6, 10 & 15, 2015

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




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



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
Add the album to your collection today: iTunes | Amazon


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

Latin Post Metropolitan Opera 2015-16 Preview: Kristine Opolais Headlines Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’

October 4, 2015

On Feb. 19 Puccini’s beloved “Madama Butterfly” will premiere in Anthony Minghella’s beloved production with acclaimed soprano Kristine Opolais.

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Kristine featured on ‘Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album’ with Jonas Kaufmann

September 9, 2015

Kristine Opolais is featured on two tracks on Jonas Kaufmann’s latest album, Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album. She sings the duets “Tu, tu, Amore tu?” (Manon Lescaut) and “O soave fanciulla” (La Bohème) with Kaufmann. The pair can be seen frequently together on concert and operatic stages worldwide, including their highly-anticipated return to the roles of Manon and Des Grieux in a new production of Manon Lescaut this season at The Metropolitan Opera.

Antonio Pappano leads the Orchestra and Chorus dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia on this new Sony Classical release, which also features selections from Madama ButterflyTosca, and many other much-loved Puccini works. Purchase your copy today via Amazon or iTunes, and for an audio preview of the tracks, enjoy NPR’s First Listen feature on the album.

Tanglewood Final Weekend Concert – review

September 1, 2015

A favorite at the Met since 2013, Opolais shone in two excerpts on Saturday, August 15. The arias by Verdi (the famous “Willow Song” and “Ave Maria” from Act IV of Otello) and Boito (the contemplative “L’altra notte in fondo al mare” from Act III of Mefistofele) were apt pieces to showcase Opolais´s silky, relaxed delivery. She and her husband, Andris Nelsons, teamed up for the BBC Proms two years ago with the same music by Verdi (accompanied by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), and they received raves for their “fresh, intricately textured and unusually probing account” . . .

Read More „Ich wollte nie auf der Bühne Spaß haben“

August 28, 2015

Als Kind träumte Kristine Opolais vom Theater – heute stirbt keine Sopranistin dramatischere Tode als die Lettin

Opern-Coach im Fach „Schöner sterben“ könnte Kristīne Opolais sein. Was der lettischen Sopranistin offenbar selbst gerade bewusst wird, denn die Musikerin kann sich ein Lachen nicht verkneifen, als sie feststellt, wie hin und weg das Publikum regelmäßig ob ihrer zutiefst dramatischen Bühnentode ist – sei es nun als Cio-cio San, Tosca, Manon oder Mimì. Wenn es, wie bei Puccini üblich, im letzten Akt mit der weiblichen Hauptfigur zu Ende geht, läuft die viel Umjubelte und Geehrte stimmlich und darstellerisch zur Höchstform auf. „Es ist wie bei einem Phönix. Ich muss auf der Bühne sterben, um ein neues Leben zu erhalten, vom nächsten Tag an.“ Mittlerweile ist ihr Lachen aufmerksamer Nachdenklichkeit gewichen, binnen weniger Sekunden wechseln die Stimmungen ihrer Miene – und doch bleibt, bis auf einige Momente, meist etwas Unnahbares, wenig Greifbares.

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“Opolais’s voice transcends her surroundings” as ‘Manon Lescaut’

August 3, 2015

“This is luxury casting, and so they should shine. Kaufmann and Opolais “own” these roles these days If anything, they were singing with even greater intensity than they did at the Royal Opera House production last year . . .

In most productions, Manon’s beauty steals the show . . . Opolais has the artistic courage not to need to be seen at her finest. When she sings, she creates a real Manon with all her insecurities and complexities. She dares depict Manon’s inner ugliness, because she can also show her true beauty. Opolais may look tense in the first act and ravaged in the last, but that’s all the more reason to admire her integrity. As she lies on the hard, bare stage that depicts the spiritual desert that is New Orleans, (where physical deserts don’t exist), with her face gaunt and the dark roots in her hair showing, Opolais’s voice transcends her surroundings. Manon is a true hero because she changes, develops and learns true meaning . . .

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‘Manon Lescaut’ DVD now available for pre-order

August 2, 2015

Kristine Opolais’ 2014 performance in the title role of Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House will receive an international DVD release, on October 12 via the Sony Classical label. The video is now available for pre-order via This spectacular new Jonathan Kent-directed production also features Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux, with Sir Antonio Pappano leading the Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus. Enjoy this video interview with the cast and creative team about the character of Manon Lescaut, as well as critical acclaim from the premiere:

“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

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