Kristine Opolais is one of the most sought after sopranos on the international scene today, appearing at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Opernhaus Zürich and Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

In the 2019/20 season Opolais makes an anticipated role debut starring in “Adriana Lecouvreur” at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, in a new production by Rosetta Cucchi. She also makes her debut at the Semperoper Dresden with performances of “Tosca” and returns to Staatsoper Hamburg as part of the House notable Italian Opera Festival with the same title. Opolais returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for performances of “Madama Butterfly”. Opolais has a strong collaboration with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, recently returning to the House as “Tosca”. In London, Opolais has particularly cemented her title as “the leading Puccini Soprano of today” (The Telegraph), appearing in Kent’s 2014 production as Manon Lescaut, as well as starring as Cio-Cio San. Opolais also has a significant relationship with the Bayerische Staatsoper, which began in 2010 when she made her debut as Rusalka in Kušej’s production, which she has been invited back numerous times to perform. Since this time Opolais has appeared in titles including “Manon Lescaut”, “Madama Butterfly”, Tatjana in “Onegin”, Margherita in “Mefistofele” and Vitellia in “La clemenza di Tito”. Opolais also appeared as the title role of “Jenůfa” at the Opernhaus Zürich in a new Tcherniakov production. At the Teatro alla Scala Opolais appeared as Polina in “The Gambler”, in a new Tcherniakov production and was invited to perform the role of Nedda in “Pagliacci”.

Next Performances

August 22, 24, 2021


Schloßbergbühne Kasematten


Marcus Merkel, conductor

August 28, 2021

Europäischen Kulturpreises Gala

Bonn Opera House


Dirk Kaftan, conductor

October 16, 2021


Opernhaus Düsseldorf

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Dvořák: Rusalka – ‘Song to the Moon’, The Royal Opera

Friends – Andrejs Žagars

Antonín Dvořák:
From The New World

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Kristine Opolais, soprano
Andris Nelsons, conductor

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“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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News & Press | July 1, 2021

Kristine Opolais returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper for ‘Rusalka’

Kristine Opolais returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper to reprises her signature tite role of Dvořák’s Rusalka on July 18 and 20. Opolais revisits Martin Kušej’s critically acclaimed production that she premiered in 2010, receiving rave reviews for her “clear and fluid” voice and “quite expressive” phrasing, with Opera News saying “she gives us a moving, convincing […]

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News & Press | March 14, 2021

Adriana Lecouvreur film reviews

Photo: ©️ Andrea Ranzi (Casaluci Ranzi) “Cucchi si affida alla bravura scenica delle sue due primedonne Kristīne Opolais e Veronica Simeoni, che non sono solo brave e belle, ma hanno anche quel genere di viso di cui le telecamere si innamorano. Le due donne, entrambe debuttanti nei loro personaggi, deluderanno magari chi è legato alle […]

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News & Press | March 10, 2021

Amadeus Magazine – #Conversations Debutto al Comunale di Bologna per Kristine Opolais: Adriana Lecouvreur c’est moi

Amadeus Magazine «Cantare Adriana Lecouvreur è stato sempre il mio sogno. Ma non l’avevo ancora mai realizzato. Al Teatro Comunale di Bologna è per me una prima assoluta», dice il celebre soprano lettone Kristine Opolais. L’opera di Francesco Cilea, con la regia di Rosetta Cucchi e la direzione dell’israeliano Asher Fisch, è uno spettacolo concepito e realizzato per la […]

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News & Press | February 22, 2021

Debut as ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ at Teatro Comunale di Bologna – Broadcast on Rai5

Francesco Cilea’s masterpiece of the verismo repertoire, Adriana Lecouvreur, will be broadcast by RaiCultura on Rai5 on Wednesday, March 10, starring Kristine Opolais as the commanding title role. Marking her highly anticipated role debut, Ms. Opolais will sing in a new production at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna created by Rosetta Cucchi. Asher Fisch conducts […]

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