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 a very special feeling to be back in New York City, a place I love so much, singing for the audience there which has been so supportive of me and has shown me a lot of love over the years.”

Opolais will star as Katerina Ismailova, a tormented woman whose life takes a tragic turn as she grapples with a loveless marriage and becomes embroiled in a forbidden affair, facing dire consequences in a repressive 19th-century Russian society. She shares the stage with a fantastic cast of singers, including Brenden Gunnell as Sergey, Peter Hoare as Zinovy Ismailov, and Günther Groissböck as Boris Ismailov. Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Photo: Polina Viljun