KRISTINE OPOLAIS

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  • KRISTINE OPOLAIS
    20th June 2018
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

KRISTINE OPOLAIS

In conversation with Christopher Cook

6:30pm for 7pm Wednesday 20th June 2018

Swedenborg Hall, Barter Street, London WC1A 2TH

Kristine Opolais will sing the role of Elsa in the forthcoming new production of Lohengrin at Covent Garden:

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, starring opposite Klaus Florian Vogt. 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.

Kristine Opolais is particularly known for her notable collaborations with the Metropolitan Opera, her performances frequently broadcast in HD worldwide. She recently starred as the title role in Zimmerman’s 2017 production of “Rusalka”, and she received the highest critical praise for her “vocally lustrous and achingly vulnerable performance” (NY Times). Opolais has maintained this strong relationship with the Met since her debut as Magda in “La Rondine” in 2013. Famously, in 2014 Opolais 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 bohème” the next day, which was additionally cinema broadcast worldwide and Opolais wowed audiences around the globe. She has also forged a strong relationship with the Bayerische Staatsoper, which began in 2010 when Opolais made her debut, to wide acclaim, as Rusalka in Kušej’s production. Since this time Opolais has appeared in numerous 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 Zürich, in a new production by Tcherniakov.

In recent seasons, Opolais’ concert performances have included appearances at Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms and Tanglewood Festival, where Opolais is a regular guest – this season headlining closing weekend in opera gala, including Act II of “Tosca”, with Sir Bryn Terfel. Opolais has appeared with orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Filarmonica della Scala. Highlights of 2017/18 include Opolais’ joining an all-star cast, with Rene Papé in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, opening the Prague Festival. She also debuts with the Wiener Philharmoniker, which stands as her third consecutive season appearing at the prestigious Musikverein.

Opolais’ most recent DVD release is a Dvorak and Smetana DVD entitled ‘From the New World’ which she recorded with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig on the label “Accentus”. Further DVD recordings include a DVD of “Tosca”, from Himmelmann’s 2017 production in Baden- Baden, with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, the Royal Opera House’s “Manon Lescaut”, in which Opolais sings the title role opposite Jonas Kaufmann, Prokofiev’s “The Gambler” at the Deutsche Staatsoper under the baton of Barenboim and “Rusalka” from the Bayerische Staatsoper. CD recordings include those with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln of “Suor Angelica”, released with Orfeo and nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award, “Simon Boccanegra” on the Decca label and collaborating with Jonas Kaufmann on his Grammy recognised Puccini disc with Sony.

Christopher Cook began his career in television, producing for BBC-2 and Channel 4. He broadcasts regularly on BBC Radios 3, 4, and 5. He is a regular contributor to BBC Music Magazine and has written for Gramophone and International Record Review.  He teaches for the University of Syracuse on their London Programme and for the British American Drama Academy and was a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, London. He has chaired pre-concert events for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Study Days at Glyndebourne and at the Royal Opera House and where he also interviews for their ‘In Conversation with …‘ programmes. He has chaired English National Opera’s pre-opera series for eight years. Christopher was the Director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in 2004 and Chair of the Cheltenham International Music Festival until 2013.

Tickets £20 including refreshments.  (Free for students and under 30s members providing they have previously joined the society and provided proof of status.)

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Barter Street, London, WC1A 2TH, United Kingdom