8/31/2015, Smetana Hall at the Municipal House, Prague
PKF – Prague Philharmonia
Oksana Lyniv – conductor
Kristīne Opolais is one of the most sought after sopranos on the international scene today, appearing regularly at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Teatro alla Scala and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She is working with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding, Louis Langrée, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Marco Armiliato, Marc Minkowski, Fabio Luisi, Kirill Petrenko and Kazushi Ono.
She went down in the history of the Metropolitan Opera in April 2014 when she made two role debuts within 24 hours: on Friday 4th April she sang the title role of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, while on Saturday she stepped in for the indisposed soprano Anita Hartig in the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème; this performance was broadcasted into movie theatres live all over the world within the Live in HD Project. Her engagements in the 2014/15 season include Metropolitan Opera (again Mimì), Bayerische Staatsoper (Vitellia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Cio-Cio-San), and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London (Cio-Cio-San).
In recent seasons, Opolais’ concert performances have included appearances at Salzburg Festival, Tanglewood Festival, BBC Proms etc., highlights of 2014/15 include opening BSO’s season in Boston alongside Jonas Kaufmann and concert with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for the Nobel Prize performance of 2014.
DVD recordings include Prokofiev’s The Gambler, (Polina, Berlin Staatsoper, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim), Dvořák’s Rusalka (the Bayerische Staatsoper production), Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira, Aix-en-Provence), and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Tatyana, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia). A CD recording with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln of Puccini’s Suor Angelica was released with Orfeo International, and nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award, and her latest release is a recording of Simon Boccanegra with Wiener Symphoniker on the Decca label.
Kristīne Opolais was born in Rēzekne, Latvia. She studied at the Latvian Academy of Music and with Margreet Honig in Amsterdam. She was a soloist of the Latvian National Opera from 2003–2007. She first achieved wider recognition in 2006, when she made her debut at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, followed by debuts at 2008 at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan and the Vienna State Opera.