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Kristine Opolais, soprano

“It’s not a Cinderella story”: Kristine Opolais

Kristine Opolais © Tatyana Vlasova
Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais shot to international fame in 2010 in Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Bavarian State Opera. She talks to us having recently performed the role in Mary Zimmerman’s much anticipated new production at The Met.
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ViennaMadama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Ramón Tebar; Josef Gielen; Vienna State Opera; Tsugouharu Foujita; Kristine Opolais; Massimiliano Pisapia; Boaz Daniel

JūrmalaBorn in Latvia

Latvia's Centenary Youth Symphony Orchestra; Ainars Rubiķis; Kristine Opolais; Kalvis Kalniņš; Vineta Sareika; Mikus Akots

LondonAndris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

© Marco Borggreve
Dzenītis, Tchaikovsky, Mahler
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Kristine Opolais

ViennaBeethoven

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien; Kristine Opolais; Gerhild Romberger; Klaus Florian Vogt

ViennaBeethoven

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien; Kristine Opolais; Gerhild Romberger; Klaus Florian Vogt

LondonLohengrinNew Production

Wagner: Lohengrin
Andris Nelsons; David Alden; Royal Opera; Paul Steinberg; Gideon Davey; Klaus Florian Vogt; Kristine Opolais
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More than A Little Night Music: Mozart and Shostakovich in Boston

Kristine Opolais, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
Andris Nelsons' Mozart–Shostakovich pairing allowed the Boston Symphony winds to take the spotlight in the first half, leaving the strings and limited percussion to their task in the second. 
****1
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In Prague, a radiant Dvořák Stabat Mater

René Pape © Petra Hajska
The Dvořákʼs Prague Festival opens with an upbeat treatment of one of the composer's masterworks.
****1
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A Tanglewood afternoon without clouds

Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
A Sunday afternoon program at Tanglewood introduced a young virtuoso and emphasized Mahler's Fourth Symphony's classicism.
****1
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Neither shocking nor shabby: Tosca at Llangollen

Kristine Opolais © Tatyana Vlasova
The Llangollen International Eistedffod opens with a star-studded concert performance of Puccni's political/romantic thriller.  
****1
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A missed opportunity but with great musical values

Kristine Opolais (Rusalka) and Eric Owens (Vodník) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera's new produdtion of Rusalka fails to explore a deeper complexity of the fairy tale, although a strong ensemble of singers and the superb Met Orchestra make it a musically compelling performance.
***11
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Johan Botha's death casts a pall over Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais (Cio-Cio San) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Kristine Opolais may not pass so easily for an oriental 15 year old, but her Cio-Cio San deftly avoids Titipu stereotypes.
***11
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