Kristine Opolais gives a “beautiful, understated” performance in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony at Tanglewood
July 11, 2017
“More Mahler followed — the limpid Fourth Symphony — in a reading full of felicitous detail. The composer marks his slow movement as “Ruhevoll” or “serene” and it was just that, with violas and cellos unfurling Mahler’s soulful lines over pizzicato from the basses that, on Sunday, seemed to ring out with uncommon warmth and nobility. In the closing movement, soprano Kristine Opolais, Nelsons’s wife, vividly delivered Mahler’s vision of the heavenly life — one full of food in abundance and fish swimming joyfully into Saint Peter’s waiting net. But the movement’s closing lines take us onto another plane, giving thanks for the unearthly joy of music itself. Nelsons, Opolais, and the orchestra performed this final passage with abundant care and a certain unaffected openness. The conductor then held the silence, lowering his hands very slowly. A seemingly transported Shed audience was content to wait with him, and then to make its own voice heard.”
Jeremy Eichler – Boston Globe
July 5, 2017
This semi-staged performance of Tosca opens the annual Llangollen Eisteddfod in splendid style, lit by the star power of local hero Sir Bryn Terfel and Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, with Lithuanian Kristian Benedikt completing the trio. This is an opera that stands or falls by the commitment the three principal singers bring to their roles: none were found wanting …
June 27, 2017
Kristine Opolais returns to Tanglewood this summer, for two concert performances with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Opolais brings her “gorgeous, ringing” (Classic Scene) voice to the soprano solo in Mahler’s ethereal Symphony No. 4 on July 9, in a concert that also features violinist Daniel Lozakovich on Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. Ticket availability is limited in all sections for this performance – visit BSO.org today to obtain the best available seating!
June 20, 2017
Kristine Opolais sings the title role in Puccini’s Tosca on July 4, in concert at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Sir Bryn Terfel is Baron Scarpia and Kristian Benedikt sings Cavaradossi for this performance, with conductor Gareth Jones and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Visit the following link for tickets and additional information.
June 4, 2017
This month, Kristine Opolais reprises her internationally acclaimed portrayal of the title role in Dvorák’s Rusalka at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper. Ms. Opolais sings the role on June 15, 18, 23 & 25 with Dmytro Popov as the Prince, Günther Groissböck as Vodník, Helena Zubanovich sings Ježibaba, and Nadia Krasteva is the Foreign Princess. Please note that ticket availability is extremely limited for all dates.
“…. her voice is clear and fluid, and her phrasing is quite expressive … she gives us a moving, convincing Rusalka.” (Opera News)
May 25, 2017
Aus dem Kontext gerissene Arien, die Blicke der Anderen, Rollen, die zu nahe gehen, der Respekt vor Wagner. Für dieses Interview traf ich die Sopranistin Kristine Opolais in ihrem Hotel in Leipzig. Es war sehr warm und bewölkt und wir saßen draußen. Von Zeit zu Zeit fiel etwas Regen. Immer, wenn Opolais lachte, lehnte sie sich ein wenig nach vorne – ihre Schultern bildeten dann über ihren Arm ein Dreieck mit ihrer Hand, ihr Handgelenk drückte sie durch. Wir tranken Kaffee und aßen kleine Kuchen dazu.