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Kristīne Opolais

Soprano

Biography

Kristīne Opolais in action.
Kristīne Opolais in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Latvian soprano Kristīne 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 for The Royal Opera. In the 2014/15 Season she returns to sing Cio-Cio-San.

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. Engagements elsewhere include Paulina (em>The Gambler) and Nedda (Pagliacci) for La Scala, Milan, Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Tatyana, Rusalka and Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra) for Bavarian State Opera, Mimì for Vienna State Opera, Desdemona (Otello) for Hamburg State Opera, Jenůfa for Zürich Opera, Tosca and Mimì for Berlin State Opera and Magda (La rondine) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Opolais sings in concert with many of Europe’s leading orchestras, including the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, in repertory including Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder, Shostakovich’s Symphony no.14 and Mahler’s Symphony no.4.

Videos

News and features

Your reaction: Manon Lescaut in cinemas 2014

Your reaction: Manon Lescaut in cinemas 2014

24 June 2014

What did you think of our live relay of Jonathan Kent’s new production of Puccini’s tragedy, starring Kristīne Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann?

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Manon Lescaut

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Manon Lescaut

24 June 2014

Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.

Watch: Kristīne Opolais and Christopher Maltman on Manon Lescaut’s innocence (or lack thereof)

Watch: Kristīne Opolais and Christopher Maltman on Manon Lescaut’s innocence (or lack thereof)

23 June 2014

Should we pity Puccini’s heroine’s untimely demise?

Puccini's Manon Lescaut to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 24 June 2014

Puccini's Manon Lescaut to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 24 June 2014

20 June 2014

The opera - starring Kristīne Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann - will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on 1 July.

Your reaction: Manon Lescaut

Your reaction: Manon Lescaut

17 June 2014

What did you think of Jonathan Kent's new production of Puccini's first great success?

Gallery: Manon Lescaut in rehearsal

Gallery: Manon Lescaut in rehearsal

10 June 2014

Jonathan Kent's new production stars Kristīne Opolais, Christopher Maltman and Jonas Kaufmann.

Photos

Director Jonathan Kent with Kristīne Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut ©ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut ©ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Jonas Kaufmann and Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut ©ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Jonas Kaufmann and Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut ©ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut ©ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut ©ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Maurizio Muraro as Geronte de Ravoir in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

MANON LESCAUT; Royal Opera House Covent Garden,.Manon Lescaut; Kristine Opolais,.Lescaut; Christopher Maltman,.Chevalier des Grieux; Jonas Kaufmann,.Geronte de Ravoir; Maurizio Muraro,.Edmondo; Benjamin Hulett,.Dancing Master; Robert Burt,.Singer; Nadezhd

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux and Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Maurizio Muraro as Geronte de Ravoir in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais © Tatyana Vlasova

Kristīne Opolais © Tatyana Vlasova