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 Butterfly. Ms. 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.”
Performances take place March 19, 25 & 28 with Ramón Tebar leading from the pit. Massimiliano Pisapia is B.F. Pinkerton, Bongiwe Nakani sings Suzuki, and Boaz Daniel is Sharpless.
Image: Michael Pöhn / Wiener Staatsoper