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Kristine Opolais

Soprano

Biography

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

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 currently sings regularly for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera and Zürich Opera, and for other companies including Rome Opera, Hamburg State Opera and Latvian National Opera. Her current repertory, along with aforementioned roles, includes Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Margherita (Mefistofele), Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra), Suor Angelica, Rusalka and Jenufa.

Opolais’s concert performances include appearances at the Salzburg Festival, Dvorák Prague, BBC Proms and Tanglewood festivals, and with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic and Filarmonica della Scala. Her discography includes DVDs of Manon Lescaut, The Gambler and Rusalka.

Videos

News and features

Your reaction: Manon Lescaut in cinemas 2014

24 June 2014
Your reaction: Manon Lescaut in cinemas 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

24 June 2014
Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Manon Lescaut

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)

23 June 2014
Watch: Kristīne Opolais and Christopher Maltman on Manon Lescaut’s innocence (or lack thereof)

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

Photos

Kristine Opolais

Kristīne Opolais in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Maurizio Muraro as Geronte de Ravoir in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristine Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristine Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristine Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristine Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristine Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristine Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Maurizio Muraro as Geronte de Ravoir in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Enkelejda Shkosa as Suzuki and Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton and Kristin Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San and Helene Schneiderman as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann and Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut

Jonas Kaufmann and Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Enkelejda Shkosa as Suzuki and Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San and Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Enkelejda Shkosa as Suzuki and Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San with members of The Royal Opera chorus

Gabriele Viviani as Sharpless, Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San and Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, The Royal Opera

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, The Royal Opera

Kristine Opolais in Madama Butterfly, The Royal Opera