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



February 1, 2 & 3, 2018


Madama Butterfly

March 19, 25 & 28, 2018



May 12 & 13, 2018



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.


“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



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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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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Dvořák: 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

100th Anniversary of the Great Union concert in Bucharest

November 24, 2017

On November 26, audiences around the world can enjoy a radio broadcast of the 100th Anniversary of the Great Union Concert live from Bucharest, featuring Kristine Opolais and a host of talented artists. The performance will be hosted at the Bucharest National Theatre; for broadcast details visit

TV NET: Кристине Ополайс о легкой музыке, харизме артистов и мечтах о кино

November 15, 2017

С июльских деньков фестиваля «Лайма. Юрмала. Рандеву – 2017» много воды утекло. За три минувших месяца Кристине Ополайс блистала еще на многих концертах и на фестивалях – выступала в нашем «Дзинтари» и с Бостонским симфоническим оркестром в американском Тэнглвуде, пела в Праге и Бухаресте, в Москве в составе жюри «судила» российский конкурс «Большая опера»… Еще летом, на «Рандеву», русский TVNET поговорил с Кристине Ополайс о «легкой» музыке, харизме, мечтах, планах…

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The Major Puccini Roles of Kristine Opolais’ Career (Operawire feature)

November 12, 2017

Kristine Opolais, born on Nov. 12, 1979, has built up quite a prominent career all around the entire world. Born in Latvia, she would go on to join the chorus of the Latvian National Opera, then slowly but surely make her way through some of the famed houses in Europe.

Along the way, she has developed a wide range of repertoire in diverse languages, none more prominent than the operas of Puccini. Opolais, in numerous interviews, has professed tremendous passion for the work of the Italian composer and has gone on to become one of his most ardent interpreters in recent years.

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New Baden-Baden Tosca DVD

October 19, 2017

For the Easter Festival 2017 in Baden-Baden, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker draw their inspiration from Tosca, the most brilliant of all the Puccini operas. Kristine Opolais’ “breath-taking” Tosca (Shropshire star) is joined on stage by Marcelo Álvarez as her star-crossed lover Cavaradossi and Marco Vratogna as Scarpia. The spectacular staging by Philipp Himmelmann gives this production a fresh view on a beloved classic.

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Recital at the George Enescu Festival

September 15, 2017

Kristine Opolais will perform in recital at the 2017 George Enescu Festival, on September 22 at Bucharest’s Romanian Athenaeum. Pianist Aleksandra Borodulina accompanies the sold-out programme, which includes works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Enescu, and others. For complete details visit

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Kristine Opolais is a “triumph in the title role” of ‘Tosca’ & more at the Tanglewood Music Festival

August 28, 2017


“… Opolais was a triumph in the title role, showcasing her talents with flexibility not just as an actress, but also vocally. From her first entrance off stage, one heard Opolais’ glowing voice over the immense chorus as she sang the cantata. Then came her show-stopping “Vissi d’arte” and that was a true display of vocal fireworks as Opolais sang with a sense of desperation, moving the tempo forward, all while lying on kneeling on the floor. It was a true plea as the voice continuously crescendoed until it rose to a true forte in the words “Signor” hitting the high B flat perfectly.

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