Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais made her Royal Opera debut in 2011 as Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) and has since returned to sing the title roles in Tosca and Manon Lescaut. In the 2018/19 Season she returns as Tosca.
Opolais trained in Latvia and in Amsterdam with Margreet Honig. She began her career as a member of Latvian National Opera, where her roles included Mimì and Musetta (La bohème), Violetta (La traviata), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Liza (The Queen of Spades) and Cio-Cio-San. She sings regularly for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera and Zürich Opera, as well as Rome Opera, Hamburg State Opera and Latvian National Opera. Her current repertory, along with roles mentioned above, includes Margherita (Mefistofele), Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra), Suor Angelica and Rusalka.
Opolais’ concert performances include appearances at the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, Turku and Tanglewood festivals, the Vienna Musikverein, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, and with such orchestras as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Filarmonica della Scala. Opolais’ opera recordings include a DVD of Tosca from Baden-Baden and a DVD of Mefistofele from Bavarian State Opera.