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KRISTINE OPOLAIS

Soprano

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.

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Next Performances

Vienna

Madama Butterfly

March 19, 25 & 28, 2018

Vienna

Concert

May 12 & 13, 2018

London

Lohengrin

June 7, 10, 13, 17, 23, 28 & July 1, 2018

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Videos

Puccini: Tosca

Live from the Easter Festival Baden-Baden

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.

Press

“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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Recordings

From the New World

For this album, conductor Andris Nelsons has chosen works by Antonín Dvořák, including Othello’s Concert Overture, and his famous Symphony No. 9 in E minor- From the New World. Also featured in this concert is soprano Kristine Opolais.
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kristine Opolais, Andris Nelsons.
This title will be released on April 6, 2018.
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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

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.

‘Madama Butterfly’ at the Wiener Staatsoper

February 12, 2018

This spring, Kristine Opolais makes her greatly anticipated return to the Wiener Staatsoper, starring in the title role of Puccini’s Madama ButterflyMs. Opolais’ previous portrayal of the role in Vienna was enthusiastically received by audiences and critics alike:

“… glamourous Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais brought intelligence and an impressive vocal technique to this difficult part … Vocally there was much to savour in Opolais’ interpretation with several well executed high notes such as the piano top D flat on “Amor” at the conclusion to the “ancora un passo” chorus. The mezza-voce was consistently impressive. “Un bel dì” was memorable for its quiet restraint and extremely delicate  ppp “chi sarà, chi sarà” middle section. The final top B flat on “l’aspetto” was spinto stupendo.”

Bachtrack

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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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Cosmopolis: Kristine Opolais

February 2, 2018

Seit meinem ersten Interview mit Kristine Opolais ist rund ein Jahrzehnt vergangen. Dazwischen liegt eine Weltkarriere. Dabei musste die lettische Sopranistin schon mal kurzfristig einspringen. Weltweite Schlagzeilen machte 2014 das kurzfristige Ausscheiden von Anna Netrebko bei einer Produktion von Giacomo Puccinis Manon Lescaut an der Bayerischen Staatsoper München – damals gerade als Opernhaus des Jahres gefeiert. Kristine Opolais sagte mir im Januar 2018 im Interview in Riga, dass sie eigentlich bereits auf dem Weg zur Met gewesen sei, als die Anfrage aus München kam. In New York war sie für eine Wiederaufnahme von La Bohème engagiert gewesen, wurde jedoch vom Intendanten freigegeben. Sie hatte nur eine Woche, um sich auf die Rolle als Manon Lescaut unter der Leitung des Pariser Dirigenten Alain Altinoglu vorzubereiten. Sie rettete nicht nur die von Hans Neuenfels – der sich erstmals an Puccini versuchte – inszenierte Oper, sondern führte diese zusammen mit dem gefeierten Tenor Jonas Kaufmann zu einem Triumph.

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Spēles ar tēliem: Kristīne Opolais

December 28, 2017

L’Officiel
Pasaulslavenajai latviešu operdīvai Kristīnei Opolais glamūrs ir daļa no profesijas. Taču ārpus lomām Kristīnei ir pavisam cits tēls – to nosaka viņas brīvības un dabiskuma izjūta.

UZ skatuves Kristīne Opolais ir īsts hameleons, kam patīk tā dēvētie nestandarta cilvēki: «Iedvesmo aktrise Tilda Svintone – viņa ir kreizī! Arī Katrīna Denēva – ļoti sievišķīga, viņas stils vienmēr bijis atturīgs.» Savā garderobē māksliniece cenšas apvienot atturīgu klasiku ar ekscentrismu. Te vietā būtu piebilde, ka mūsu operdīva pati ir nestandarta personība, kas spēj organiski iejusties titullomās, sākot no Pučīni operām «Bohēma» un «Madame Butterfly» līdz Verdi operai «Traviata». Dīva, kas ar panākumiem uzstājas Ņujorkas, Londonas, Minhenes un citos pasaulslavenos operas namos, teic, ka labprāt iesaistās skatuves tērpu saskaņošanā, ko skicēs atsūta kostīmu mākslinieki.

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Shostakovich with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

December 18, 2017

Kristine Opolais returns to Boston in the new year, as the soprano soloist for Shostakovich’s epic Symphony No. 14, with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The concerts, hosted on February 1, 2 & 3, will be recorded for a future release on the Deutsche Grammophon label, as part of the BSO’s complete Shostakovich symphonic cycle. The evening’s programmes also include Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 in B-flat for winds, K.361, Gran partita. 

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