Kristine Opolais is one of the most sought-after sopranos on the international scene, with an established reputation amongst the world’s pre-eminent singing actresses. Opolais has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Opernhaus Zürich, and the Royal Opera House. She collaborates with renowned conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, and Kirill Petrenko.

Highlights of Ms. Opolais’ 22/23 season include a return to her signature role of Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi Salerno and her greatly anticipated debut in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen, in a new production at Oper im Steinbruch St. Margarethen. In concert, she sings gala performances with the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet in Istanbul and Ankara, as well as a tribute concert at Latvian National Opera, given in memory of Andrejs Žagars. She also performs a concert of arias by Puccini, Cilea, Verdi and more in a New Year’s concert with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, led by Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv.

Last season, Opolais starred in the title role of Manon Lescaut at Staatsoper Hamburg and returned to the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur after her triumphant role and house debut the previous season. She starred in a new production of Tosca at Theater an der Wien, and returned to Semperoper Dresden in Madama Butterfly, led by Omer Meir Wellber. Ms. Opolais then made her highly anticipated debut as Cio-Cio-San in Marina Abramović's 7 Deaths of Maria Callas at the Teatro di San Carlo. She concluded the season reprising Madama Butterfly at Opera Wrocławska, and as Tosca in a new production for Greek National Opera.


Next Performances

September 21, 2024


Queen Elisabeth Hall


Kerem Hasan, conductor

November 5, 2025




Roderick Cox, conductor Kristine Opolais, soprano Mika Kares, bass

May 25, 29, 2025

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Oper Leipzig


Andris Nelsons, conductor

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“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

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News & Press | May 20, 2024

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Hamburg Staatsoper

“Unsere Lady Macbeth des Abends heißt Kristīne Opolais, an diese komplizierten Namen und ihre Unübersichtlichkeit muss sich der geschätzte Leser schon mal besser einstellen, man verliert sich wie bei Dostojewski geradezu in ihnen: Sie ist für mich wunderbar besetzt, in Höhen und Juchzen und Klagen wirklich mitreißend, und schön, und auch von sehr ansprechender Gestalt, […]

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News & Press | January 27, 2024

Nelsons, Opolais, BSO: Superb in Mtsensk

Photo: Winslow Townson “It’s been five years since the New York audiences have heard soprano Kristine Opolais. Once a stalwart at the Metropolitan Opera, the soprano has now dedicated herself to performing mostly in Europe and seeking “something special” in the productions or performances she does. And in her return to New York, the soprano […]

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News & Press | January 22, 2024

LIVE BROADCAST: Opolais Sings Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” with the BSO

Listen LIVE via WCRB on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 7:00pm. The encore broadcast will be on Monday, February 5. Andris Nelsons’s conducts the BSO in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, the most ambitious endeavor in their multi-year survey of works by Shostakovich. Based on Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novella by the same name, the opera weaves […]

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News & Press | January 12, 2024

Shostakovich’s ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’ with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

For her first engagement of the year, Kristine Opolais reunites with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons for Shostakovich’s tragic Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Performance dates include January 25 & 27 at Symphony Hall and January 30 at Carnegie Hall, marking her debut at the prestigious venue. Speaking to OperaWire, Opolais said, “It will be […]

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