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 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, 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 known for collaborations with the Metropolitan Opera, and in the last years her appearances in “La bohème”, “Madama Butterfly”, the new productions of “Manon Lescaut” and “Rusalka” have all been broadcast in HD across the world. In 2018 Opolais returned to the Met to sing “Suor Angelica”, a role she recorded for label ‘Orfeo’. Previously, she starred as the title role in Zimmerman’s 2017 production of “Rusalka” and received critical praise for her “vocally lustrous and achingly vulnerable performance” (NY Times). Opolais maintains a strong relationship with the Met since her debut as Magda in “La Rondine”. Famously, in 2014 she made history at the Met, with two role debuts in 18 hours. She gave an outstanding performance in “Butterfly”, only to step in for a matinee of “La bohème” the next day, which was concurrently cinema broadcast worldwide.
In the 2020/21 season, Opolais appeared in a Gala Concert at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, conducted by Antonio Pappano. She returns to the Semperoper Dresden as “Tosca” under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber, following her successful debut there as “Tosca” last season. This season also marks Opolais’ highly anticipated role and house debut as “Adriana Lecouvreur” at Teatro Comunale di Bologna. She returns to the Greek National Opera to star as Cio-Cio-San in “Madama Butterfly,” and at the Bayerische Staatsoper, she performs her signature title role of “Rusalka”. She reprises her “Rusalka” at the Wiener Staatsoper in early 2021, featuring a production by Sven-Eric Bechtolf. Additionally, she returns to Teatro alla Scala for their opening season gala “A riveder le stelle”, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.
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”.
Opolais’ solo concert and recital appearances, for which she is in demand worldwide, include performances at the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, Tanglewood Festival, the Musikverein Wien, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Royal Opera House Muscat, Royal Concertgebouw, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and Carnegie Hall, to name but a few. Opolais has appeared with orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Filarmonica della Scala and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Opolais’ most recent opera recording was released in Autumn 2017, a DVD of “Tosca”, from Himmelmann’s production in Baden-Baden, with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Last updated: September 2020
“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