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Kristine Opolais

Soprano

Biography – about the artist.

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 known for notable collaborations with the Metropolitan Opera, her performances frequently broadcast in HD worldwide. In Autumn 2018 Opolais returns to the Met to sing “Suor Angelica”, a role she has recorded for label ‘Orfeo’ but until this point she has not sung on stage. 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” (New York 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 a renowned performance in “Butterfly”, only to step in for a matinee of “La boheme” the next day, which was cinema broadcast worldwide.

In the 2018/19 season Opolais continues her strong collaboration with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, 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 in „Madama Butterfly“. This season Opolais also returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for further signature performances of “Tosca” and makes her debut at the Staatsoper Hamburg for two special performances of “Manon Lescaut” as part of Hamburg’s notable Italian Opera Festival and also tours to Japan, her Japanese debut, in “Manon Lescaut” with the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Opolais also has a significant relationship with the Bayerische Staatsoper, which started in 2010 when she made her acclaimed 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” and Margherita in “Mefistofele”.

Opolais' solo concert and recital appearances, for which she is highly in demand, include performances at the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, George Enescu, Turku and Tanglewood Festivals, the Vienna Musikverein, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Royal Opera House Muscat, Royal Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall, to name but a few. Opolais has appeared with orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, with whom she tours this season, the Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Filarmonica della Scala.

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.

SEASON 2018/2019

The next dates:

31.12.2018

Festspielhaus und Festspiele Baden-Baden gGmbH

Baden-Baden

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06.01.2019

Carmen-Würth-Forum

Künzelsau

14.01.2019

Staatsoper Wien

Wien

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18.01.2019

Staatsoper Wien

Wien

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21.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

23.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

28.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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01.03.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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02.03.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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15.03.2019

Emirates Palace

Abu Dhabi

21.03.2019

Hamburgische Staatsoper GmbH

Hamburg

29.03.2019

Hamburgische Staatsoper GmbH

Hamburg

11.04.2019

Teatro Comunale di Ferrara

Ferrara

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12.04.2019

La Sala Verdi, Conservatorio di Milano

Milano

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18.04.2019

Royal Opera House Muscat

Muscat

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Concerts and Special Projects:

Kellie Mills

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kellie.mills@kdschmid.co.uk

Susanne Büttner

Associate Artist & Media Manager

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susanne.buettner@kdschmid.co.uk

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Discography and quotes.

Discography

Puccini

Tosca

10.2017, Euroarts, DVD

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Arrigo Boito

Mefistofele

11.2016, C Major, DVD

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Puccini

Manon Lescaut

10.2015, Sony Music Entertainment Germany, DVD

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Verdi

Simon Boccanegra

09.2013, Decca, CD

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Puccini

Suor Angelica

08.2012, Orfeo, CD

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Reviews and quotes.

„Those who saw Kristine Opolais’ Manon Lescaut at Covent Garden back in 2014 will remember how completely the young singer inhabited the role of Puccini’s teenage siren […]. If anything, her Tosca is even more impressive: vocally secure, dramatically confident and with just the right number of individual touches to show that she’s thought about the role. The pious woman of the second act was as convincingly put across as the jealous diva of the first (most singers whom I have seen tackle the role have only managed one of those two aspects) and her mixed feelings after despatching Scarpia were beautifully telegraphed.“

Bachtrack, Richard Ely, 05.07.2017

„Opolais is an international opera star, with the great operatic voice of an international opera star. For the Song to the Moon, or even the for Dvoraks Gypsy Songs, one might find this voice a little too great – however, not necessarily so. Because the dramatic commitment with which Opolais develops the theatrical scenes within the most limited space is also very convincing. Every tone of her soprano voice, of a dark timbre especially in the middle range, is intuitive and committed to expression and truthfulness, regardless of the consequences.“

Leipziger Volkszeitung, Peter Korfmacher, 20.05.2017

„Kristine Opolais is a magnetic singing actress, her commitment and passion always a hallmark of her performances. Her Rusalka was no different. […] Act 3 was the one in which she brought her brilliant vocal and acting abilities together into a emotionally potent whole. […] [There] is no doubt that Opolais was a triumph as Rusalka.“

OperaWire, David Salazar, (‘Rusalka’ at The Metropolitan Opera/Sir Mark Elder), 17.02.2017

„And the Met has assembled a matchless cast, led by the lovely soprano Kristine Opolais, who gives a vocally lustrous and achingly vulnerable performance as Rusalka […]. This powerful singing actress adds unusual intensity to her plaintive “Song to the Moon,” Rusalka’s famed lament, suggesting the character’s defiant side more than most sopranos.“

The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, (‘Rusalka’ at The Metropolitan Opera/Sir Mark Elder), 03.02.2017