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Kristine Opolais, soprano

Vissi d’arte: Kristine Opolais on life with Puccini’s heroines

Kristine Opolais (Tosca) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
The Latvian soprano on facing up to the ghost of Maria Callas, what it means to be an artist and her love affair with Puccini. 
Kristine Opolais © Tatyana Vlasova

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

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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TokyoWeber, Strauss

Weber, Strauss R.
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Fabio Luisi; Kristine Opolais

TokyoWeber, Strauss

Weber, Strauss R.
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Fabio Luisi; Kristine Opolais

BudapestKristine Opolais Sings Arias

Kristine Opolais Sings Arias
Verdi, Cilea, Mascagni, Giordano, Puccini
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Gianluca Marcianò; Kristine Opolais; Jose Simerilla Romero

DresdenTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Daniele Callegari; Johannes Schaaf; Dresden State Opera; Antonino Fogliani; Giampaolo Bisanti; Christof Cremer; Petra Reinhardt

HamburgTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Ivan Repušić; Robert Carsen; Hamburg State Opera; Anthony Ward; Kristine Opolais; Marcelo Álvarez

BolognaAdriana LecouvreurNew production

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
Asher Fisch; Rosetta Cucchi; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Tiziano Santi; Claudia Pernigotti; Kristine Opolais; Véronica Simeoni
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“Ecco un artista!”: melodrama aplenty in ROH Tosca revival

Kristine Opolais (Tosca) and Bryn Terfel (Scarpia) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Red-blooded performances from the three principals at Covent Garden, even if there are vocal misfires along the way. 
***11
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Boulanger, Debussy and Puccini with Nelsons, Opolais, and the BSO

Kristine Opolais in Puccini's Suor Angelica with the BSO © Winslow Townson
The Boston Symphony Orchestra led by Andris Nelsons performs Boulanger, Debussy and Puccini. 
****1
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Trittico's 100th anniversary and Domingo's 50th

Plácido Domingo (Gianni Schicchi) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
All three operas in Puccini's triptych are strongly cast in this revival. 
****1
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Nelsons’ manicured Mahler a slow burn with the Gewandhaus

Andris Nelsons © Southbank Centre | Mark Allan
After the UK première of Andris Dzenītis’ Māra and some Tchaikovsky operatic excerpts, the Gewandhaus returned to Mahler. 
***11
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Nelsons sheds light on Puccini's canvas

Jonathan Tetelman and Kristine Opolais © Hilary Scott
Under Andris Nelsons' baton, the musical canvas was remarkably supple with proper light shed on Puccini’s melodic inventiveness and wondrous orchestration.
****1
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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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