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


Jūrmala Festival Opening Concert

July 24, 2018



August 10, 2018

Tokyo, Japan

Manon Lescaut

September 16, 20 & 22, 2018



Antonin Dvorak: From The New World

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Kristine Opolais, soprano
Andris Nelsons, conductor

Puccini: Tosca

Live from the Easter Festival Baden-Baden

Rusalka: “Song to the Moon”

The Metropolitan Opera – Final Dress Rehearsal

Rusalka: Kristine Opolais in Rehearsal

An excerpt from Act II of “Rusalka” in rehearsal.


“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



From the New World

Featured in this album are works by Antonín Dvořák and a series of Czech songs and arias featuring soprano Kristine Opolais.
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kristine Opolais, Andris Nelsons.

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Maria Callas: Magic Moments of Music – Tosca 1964

The film tells the story of Maria Callas’ return to the Royal Opera House in 1964 from today’s perspective and features an interview with Kristine Opolais.
Maria Callas, Antonio Pappano, Kristine Opolais, Thomas Hampson, Rolando Villazón, Rufus Wainwright, Anna Prohaska, Wolfgang Joop, Jurgen Kesting and Brian McMaster.
This title will be released on March 23, 2018.
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Puccini: Tosca

LIVE recording from the Easter Festival Baden-Baden
Kristine Opolais, Marcelo Álvarez, Marco Vratogna
Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
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50 Years At Lincoln Center – A Gala Celebration

Piotr Beczała, Ben Bliss, Stephanie Blythe, Joseph Calleja, Javier Camarena, Dwayne Croft, Diana Damrau, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Yusif Eyvazov, Michael Fabiano, Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Susan Graham, Vittorio Grigolo, Gunther Groissböck, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Christopher Job, Mariusz Kwiecień, Isabel Leonard, Željko Lučić, Angela Meade, Latonia Moore, James Morris, Anna Netrebko, Kristine Opolais, Eric Owens, René Pape, Matthew Polenzani, Sava Vemić, Michael Volle, Yunpeng Wang, Pretty Yende, Sonya Yoncheva and Dolora Zajick.
Marco Armiliato, James Levine, Yannick Nézet Séguin; conductors
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
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Boito: Mefistofele

LIVE recording from the Bayerische Staatsoper
Kristine Opolais, René Pape, Joseph Calleja, Karine Babajanyan
Bayerische Staatsorchester
Omer Meir Wellber, conductor
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Puccini: 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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Puccini: La Bohème

LIVE recording from the Metropolitan Opera
Kristine Opolais, Jean-François Borras
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Ricardo Frizza, conductor
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Verdi: 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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News & Press

Kristine Opolais featured on the cover of Opera Now

July 4, 2018

The July/August edition of Opera Now is now available, featuring Kristine Opolais as their guest editor. Opera Now has graciously offered free access to the digital edition to the visitors of this website and Ms. Opolais’ social channels. Readers should complete the form to access the issue.

Click here to read it.

July performances

June 8, 2018

On July 4, Kristine Opolais makes an appearance at the Ljubljana Summer Festival, where she performs with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, led by Italian conductor Sesto Quatri. The program includes opera arias by Verdi, Puccini, Boito and Catalani.

Later in the month she travels to the USA, where on July 14 she stars in a semi-staged performance of La Bohème at the Tanglewood Festival. She’s joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo, soprano Susanna Phillips as Musetta, baritone Franco Vassallo as Marcello, baritone Davide Luciano as Schaunard, and bass- baritone Luca Pisaroni as Colline. Andris Nelsons conducts.

Afterwards, Ms. Opolais travels to Latvia to sing the at the opening gala for the Jūrmala Festival on July 24. She shares the stage with baritone Kalvis Kalniņš, violinist Vineta Sareika, accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, guitarist Mikus Akots, violinist Daniils Bulajevs, and Latvia’s Centenary Youth Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Ainārs Rubiķis on the podium.

Announcement: Withdrawal from ‘Lohengrin’ in London

May 8, 2018

Kristine Opolais will withdraw with a heavy heart from Lohengrin at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She is incredibly sorry to disappoint her fans in London, but looks forward to returning to the house in 18/19 as Tosca. Following a routine abdominal medical procedure, Ms Opolais will take break from her schedule for the next weeks to ensure a full recovery. She sends tremendous gratitude for everyone’s support.

Personal statement

March 27, 2018

Sharing, with regret, that Andris Nelsons and Kristine Opolais have divorced following seven years of marriage. Both Mr. Nelsons and Ms. Opolais are united in putting their daughter at the center of their private lives. With complete respect and admiration for one another, Mr. Nelsons and Ms. Opolais look forward to continuing their artistic relationship together. The family asks for privacy at this time and no further comments will be given.

Upcoming DVD release featuring an interview with Kristine Opolais about Maria Callas

February 19, 2018

An upcoming DVD release for Kristine Opolais tells the story of one of the most magic moments of music: Maria Callas’ return to the opera stage in 1964. Her Tosca at the Royal Opera House became a sensation after her glorious career had been said to be over, with the singer herself passing over to legend.

The film tells the story of the event from today’s perspective and features interviews with Antonio Pappano, Kristine Opolais, Thomas Hampson, Rolando Villazón, Rufus Wainwright, Anna Prohaska, Wolfgang Joop, Jurgen Kesting and Brian McMaster. As a bonus the performance of Tosca’s second act is included. It is one of the most dramatic acts in opera history. The film recording is one of the few opportunities to see Maria Callas on stage and witness her emotional dramatics and vocal competence.

This film will be released on March 23 and is already available for pre-order via Amazon.

Shostakovich with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

February 4, 2018

“[Kristine Opolais] sang with a coolly lustrous tone and at times a fierce dramatic intensity, bringing a quasi-operatic sense of character and drama to individual songs.”

Jeremy Eichler – Boston Globe

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