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



Video Magazine MEFISTOFELE

Bayerische Staatsoper, 2015
Musical direction: Omer Meir Wellber; Stage direction: Roland Schwab


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


“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
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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

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

Purchase your copy today via Amazon!

“ . . . 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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A role debut with “great emotional depth” in ‘Mefistofele’ at the Bayerische Staatsoper

October 27, 2015

“Back on earth, Opolais sings L’altra notte in fondo al mare and what follows is with great emotional depth. Her Margherita is a woman steeled by suffering. When she and Calleja sing Lontano, lontano, lontano, they bring out tenderness and tragedy, beauty and pain. Opolais sings the Spunta, l’aurora pallida with such calm heroism that Calleja’s O strazio crudel! tore at the heart. Opolais’s purity contrasts pointedly with the singing of Elena (Karine Babajanyan) . . .”

Classical Iconoclast

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Role debut as Margherita in Mefistofele

October 12, 2015

This autumn, Kristine Opolais makes her highly anticipated role debut as Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele, October 24 & 29 and November 1, 6, 10 & 15 with the Bayerische Staatsoper. The performances also feature René Pape in the title role and Joseph Calleja as Faust, with Omer Meir Wellber leading the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Bayerische Staatsoper Chorus. The production, new to the stage in Munich, is directed by Roland Schwab and designed by Piero Vinciguerra. Opening night will receive a live broadcast via BR-Klassik, and the November 15 performance will be streamed live online via Enjoy the trailer for this thrilling new production on YouTube.

Please note the first two dates are now sold-out, and inventory is limited for the remaining events. Ms. Opolais returns to the role July 21 & 24 for additional performances at the Nationaltheater.

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.

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