Kristine Opolais is one of the most sought after sopranos on the international scene today, with a firmly established reputation amongst the world’s pre-eminent singing actresses, combining lustrous tone and fierce dramatic intensity. Opolais appears at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Opernhaus Zürich and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She is working with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, Kirill Petrenko and Semyon Bychkov.
Kristine Opolais is one of the most sought-after sopranos on the international scene, with an established reputation amongst the world’s pre-eminent singing actresses. Opolais has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Opernhaus Zürich, and the Royal Opera House. She collaborates with renowned conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, and Kirill Petrenko.
Highlights of Ms. Opolais’ 22/23 season include a return to her signature role of Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi Salerno and her greatly anticipated debut in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen, in a new production at Oper im Steinbruch St. Margarethen. In concert, she sings gala performances with the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet in Istanbul and Ankara, as well as a tribute concert at Latvian National Opera, given in memory of Andrejs Žagars. She also performs a concert of arias by Puccini, Cilea, Verdi and more in a New Year’s concert with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, led by Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv.
Last season, Opolais starred in the title role of Manon Lescaut at Staatsoper Hamburg and returned to the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur after her triumphant role and house debut the previous season. She starred in a new production of Tosca at Theater an der Wien, and returned to Semperoper Dresden in Madama Butterfly, led by Omer Meir Wellber. Ms. Opolais then made her highly anticipated debut as Cio-Cio-San in Marina Abramović’s 7 Deaths of Maria Callas at the Teatro di San Carlo. She concluded the season reprising Madama Butterfly at Opera Wrocławska, and as Tosca in a new production for Greek National Opera.
Her concert appearances included opera galas with Staatstheater Hannover, the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, and at Müpa Budapest. She gave a recital with pianist Marcelo Ayub in her debut at the historic Teatro Colón, and she joined renowned baritone Thomas Hampson and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg for a “Viva Verdi” concert, led by Gustavo Gimeno.
Kristine Opolais has been celebrated for her distinctive performances at The Metropolitan Opera, including her appearances in La bohème, Madama Butterfly, and new productions of Manon Lescaut and Rusalka which received international broadcasts as part of the Met’s Live in HD cinema series. In 2018, Opolais returned to the Met to sing Suor Angelica, a role she previously recorded on the Orfeo label. Famously in 2014 she made history at the Met, with two role debuts in 18 hours. She gave an outstanding performance in the title role of Madama Butterfly, only to step in the following day for a matinée of La bohème, which was broadcast into theaters worldwide.
Opolais’ appearances at the Royal Opera House, where she has been heralded as “the leading Puccini soprano of today” (The Telegraph), include the title roles in Tosca, Manon Lescaut, and Madama Butterfly. She also has a significant relationship with the Bayerische Staatsoper, which began in 2010 when she made her debut as Rusalka in Martin Kušej’s new production. Her additional roles in Munich include Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, Tatjana in Eugene Onegin, Margherita in Mefistofele, and Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito.
Opolais has made solo concert and recital appearances at the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, Tanglewood Festival, the Musikverein Wien, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Royal Opera House Muscat, Royal Concertgebouw, and Carnegie Hall. She has appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Filarmonica della Scala and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Opolais’ recent discography includes a DVD of “Tosca” in Baden-Baden with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Last updated: February 2023
“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