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Upcoming DVD release featuring an interview with Kristine Opolais about Maria Callas

February 19, 2018

An upcoming DVD release for Kristine Opolais tells the story of one of the most magic moments of music: Maria Callas’ return to the opera stage in 1964. Her Tosca at the Royal Opera House became a sensation after her glorious career had been said to be over, with the singer herself passing over to legend.

The film tells the story of the event from today’s perspective and features interviews with Antonio Pappano, Kristine Opolais, Thomas Hampson, Rolando Villazón, Rufus Wainwright, Anna Prohaska, Wolfgang Joop, Jurgen Kesting and Brian McMaster. As a bonus the performance of Tosca’s second act is included. It is one of the most dramatic acts in opera history. The film recording is one of the few opportunities to see Maria Callas on stage and witness her emotional dramatics and vocal competence.

This film will be released on March 23 and is already available for pre-order via Amazon.

‘Madama Butterfly’ at the Wiener Staatsoper

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 ButterflyMs. 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.”

Bachtrack

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Shostakovich with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

February 4, 2018

“[Kristine Opolais] sang with a coolly lustrous tone and at times a fierce dramatic intensity, bringing a quasi-operatic sense of character and drama to individual songs.”

Jeremy Eichler – Boston Globe

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Cosmopolis: Kristine Opolais

February 2, 2018

Seit meinem ersten Interview mit Kristine Opolais ist rund ein Jahrzehnt vergangen. Dazwischen liegt eine Weltkarriere. Dabei musste die lettische Sopranistin schon mal kurzfristig einspringen. Weltweite Schlagzeilen machte 2014 das kurzfristige Ausscheiden von Anna Netrebko bei einer Produktion von Giacomo Puccinis Manon Lescaut an der Bayerischen Staatsoper München – damals gerade als Opernhaus des Jahres gefeiert. Kristine Opolais sagte mir im Januar 2018 im Interview in Riga, dass sie eigentlich bereits auf dem Weg zur Met gewesen sei, als die Anfrage aus München kam. In New York war sie für eine Wiederaufnahme von La Bohème engagiert gewesen, wurde jedoch vom Intendanten freigegeben. Sie hatte nur eine Woche, um sich auf die Rolle als Manon Lescaut unter der Leitung des Pariser Dirigenten Alain Altinoglu vorzubereiten. Sie rettete nicht nur die von Hans Neuenfels – der sich erstmals an Puccini versuchte – inszenierte Oper, sondern führte diese zusammen mit dem gefeierten Tenor Jonas Kaufmann zu einem Triumph.

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Spēles ar tēliem: Kristīne Opolais

December 28, 2017

L’Officiel
Pasaulslavenajai latviešu operdīvai Kristīnei Opolais glamūrs ir daļa no profesijas. Taču ārpus lomām Kristīnei ir pavisam cits tēls – to nosaka viņas brīvības un dabiskuma izjūta.

UZ skatuves Kristīne Opolais ir īsts hameleons, kam patīk tā dēvētie nestandarta cilvēki: «Iedvesmo aktrise Tilda Svintone – viņa ir kreizī! Arī Katrīna Denēva – ļoti sievišķīga, viņas stils vienmēr bijis atturīgs.» Savā garderobē māksliniece cenšas apvienot atturīgu klasiku ar ekscentrismu. Te vietā būtu piebilde, ka mūsu operdīva pati ir nestandarta personība, kas spēj organiski iejusties titullomās, sākot no Pučīni operām «Bohēma» un «Madame Butterfly» līdz Verdi operai «Traviata». Dīva, kas ar panākumiem uzstājas Ņujorkas, Londonas, Minhenes un citos pasaulslavenos operas namos, teic, ka labprāt iesaistās skatuves tērpu saskaņošanā, ko skicēs atsūta kostīmu mākslinieki.

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Shostakovich with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

December 18, 2017

Kristine Opolais returns to Boston in the new year, as the soprano soloist for Shostakovich’s epic Symphony No. 14, with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The concerts, hosted on February 1, 2 & 3, will be recorded for a future release on the Deutsche Grammophon label, as part of the BSO’s complete Shostakovich symphonic cycle. The evening’s programmes also include Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 in B-flat for winds, K.361, Gran partita. 

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Vienna

Madama Butterfly

March 19, 25 & 28, 2018

Vienna

Concert

May 12 & 13, 2018

London

Lohengrin

June 7, 10, 13, 17, 23, 28 & July 1, 2018

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