Kristine Opolais is one of the most sought-after sopranos on the international scene today, with an 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 collaborations with the Metropolitan Opera, and in the last years her appearances in La boheme, Madama Butterfly, and 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 the 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” (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 concurrently cinema broadcast worldwide.
In the 2019/20 season, Opolais makes an anticipated role debut starring in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, in a new production by Rosetta Cucchi. She also makes her debut at the Semperoper Dresden in performances of Tosca and returns to the Staatsoper Hamburg as part of the House’s notable Italian Opera Festival in the same role. Opolais returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for performances of Madama Butterfly. 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 Oprano 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 in Jenufa at the Opernhaus Zürich in a new Tcherniakov production. At the Teatro alla Scala, Opolais appeared as Polina in a new Tcherniakov production of The Gambler 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, 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, Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Filarmonica della Scala and NHK Symphony Orchestra, with whom she makes her debut this season. Opolais’ most recent opera recording was released in Autumn of 2017, a DVD of Tosca from Himmelmann’s production in Baden-Baden with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.