Jūrmala Festival. Opening concert. Born in Latvia

Ot. 24. Jūlijs 2018 20:00

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Performers: Kristīne Opolais /soprano/, Kalvis Kalniņš /baritone/, Vineta Sareika /violin/, Ksenija Sidorova /accordion/, Mikus Akots /guitar/, Daniils Bulajevs /violin/, Latvia's Centenary Youth Symphony Orchestra, conductor Ainārs Rubiķis

Kristine Opolais is one of the most sought after sopranos on the international scene today, appearing at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Opernhaus Zürich and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She is working with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, Kirill Petrenko and Semyon Bychkov.

In the 2017/18 season Opolais continues her notable collaboration with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, making her role debut as Elsa in “Lohengrin”, in a new production by David Alden. Previously in London, Opolais has particularly cemented her title as “the leading Puccini Soprano of today” (The Telegraph), appearing in Kent’s 2014 production as Manon Lescaut, as well as starring as Cio-Cio San and Floria Tosca. This season Opolais returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for signature performances of “Madama Butterfly”.

Kristine Opolais is known for notable collaborations with the Metropolitan Opera, her performances frequently broadcast in HD worldwide. She starred as the title role in Zimmerman’s 2017 production of “Rusalka”, and received critical praise for her “vocally lustrous and achingly vulnerable performance” (NY Times). Opolais maintains a strong relationship with the Met since her debut as Magda in “La Rondine”. Famously, in 2014 she made history at the Met, with two role debuts in 18 hours. She gave a renowned performance in “Butterfly”, only to step in for a matinee of “La boheme” the next day, which was cinema broadcast worldwide. Opolais has a strong relationship with the Bayerische Staatsoper, which began in 2010 when she made her acclaimed debut as Rusalka in Kušej’s production. Since this time Opolais has appeared in titles including “Manon Lescaut”, “Madama Butterfly”, Tatjana in “Onegin” and Margherita in “Mefistofele”. Opolais also notably appeared as the title role of “Jenůfa” at Opernhaus Zurich, in a new Tcherniakov production.

In recent seasons, Opolais' concert and recital appearances have included dates the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, George Enescu Festival and Tanglewood Festival, the Musikverein, Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall, to name but a few. Opolais has appeared with orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Filarmonica della Scala. This season she makes her debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker.

Opolais’ most recent recording was released in October 2017, a DVD of Tosca, from Himmelmann’s 2017 production in Baden-Baden, with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Foto: Tatyana Vlasova