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
Pre-order this DVD today!


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
Buy on Amazon


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
Buy on Amazon


Puccini: Suor Angelica

WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
WDR Rundfunkchor Köln
Andris Nelsons, conductor

Buy on Amazon


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 „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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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.” (

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