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


Opera Concert

August 26, 2017


Opening Concert

September 7, 2017


Madama Butterfly

March 13 & 16, 2018



The Metropolitan Opera: Rusalka

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

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.

Rusalka at The Metropolitan Opera

Starring Kristine Opolais in the title role.


“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



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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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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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

Kristine Opolais gives a “beautiful, understated” performance in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony at Tanglewood

July 11, 2017

“More Mahler followed — the limpid Fourth Symphony — in a reading full of felicitous detail. The composer marks his slow movement as “Ruhevoll” or “serene” and it was just that, with violas and cellos unfurling Mahler’s soulful lines over pizzicato from the basses that, on Sunday, seemed to ring out with uncommon warmth and nobility. In the closing movement, soprano Kristine Opolais, Nelsons’s wife, vividly delivered Mahler’s vision of the heavenly life — one full of food in abundance and fish swimming joyfully into Saint Peter’s waiting net. But the movement’s closing lines take us onto another plane, giving thanks for the unearthly joy of music itself. Nelsons, Opolais, and the orchestra performed this final passage with abundant care and a certain unaffected openness. The conductor then held the silence, lowering his hands very slowly. A seemingly transported Shed audience was content to wait with him, and then to make its own voice heard.”

Jeremy Eichler – Boston Globe

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“Neither shocking nor shabby: Tosca at Llangollen”

July 5, 2017

This semi-staged performance of Tosca opens the annual Llangollen Eisteddfod in splendid style, lit by the star power of local hero Sir Bryn Terfel and Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, with Lithuanian Kristian Benedikt completing the trio. This is an opera that stands or falls by the commitment the three principal singers bring to their roles: none were found wanting …

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Summer performances at Tanglewood

June 27, 2017

Kristine Opolais returns to Tanglewood this summer, for two concert performances with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Opolais brings her “gorgeous, ringing” (Classic Scene) voice to the soprano solo in Mahler’s ethereal Symphony No. 4 on July 9, in a concert that also features violinist Daniel Lozakovich on Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. Ticket availability is limited in all sections for this performance – visit today to obtain the best available seating!

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‘Tosca’ in concert with Sir Bryn Terfel

June 20, 2017

Kristine Opolais sings the title role in Puccini’s Tosca on July 4, in concert at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Sir Bryn Terfel is Baron Scarpia and Kristian Benedikt sings Cavaradossi for this performance, with conductor Gareth Jones and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Visit the following link for tickets and additional information.

A return to the Bayerische Staatsoper in ‘Rusalka’

June 4, 2017

This month, Kristine Opolais reprises her internationally acclaimed portrayal of the title role in Dvorák’s Rusalka at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper. Ms. Opolais sings the role on June 15, 18, 23 & 25 with Dmytro Popov as the Prince, Günther Groissböck as Vodník, Helena Zubanovich sings Ježibaba, and Nadia Krasteva is the Foreign Princess. Please note that ticket availability is extremely limited for all dates.

“…. her voice is clear and fluid, and her phrasing is quite expressive … she gives us a moving, convincing Rusalka.” (Opera News)

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Kristine Opolais – VAN Feature

May 25, 2017

Aus dem Kontext gerissene Arien, die Blicke der Anderen, Rollen, die zu nahe gehen, der Respekt vor Wagner. Für dieses Interview traf ich die Sopranistin Kristine Opolais in ihrem Hotel in Leipzig. Es war sehr warm und bewölkt und wir saßen draußen. Von Zeit zu Zeit fiel etwas Regen. Immer, wenn Opolais lachte, lehnte sie sich ein wenig nach vorne – ihre Schultern bildeten dann über ihren Arm ein Dreieck mit ihrer Hand, ihr Handgelenk drückte sie durch. Wir tranken Kaffee und aßen kleine Kuchen dazu.

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