After a gap of ten years, the world famous Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais will give a solo performance in the Great Hall of the Latvian National Opera and Ballet. She will be accompanied by the Latvian National Opera Orchestra conducted by Mārtiņš Ozoliņš. Concert will be a tribute to Andrejs Žagars.
I am very happy to share that on 3 February 2023 I will make my return to the Latvian National Opera stage for a special gala concert. I cannot wait to sing for my beloved audience in this special theater, where I started my artistic journey. I will sing arias from some of my favorite roles, both familiar and new (!) with music by Cilea, Puccini, Verdi, Bizet & Dvořák.
With all of my heart, I dedicate this special evening to the loving memory of Andrejs Žagars, the former Intendant of Latvian National Opera, who was a dear friend and mentor to me for many years. We had a unique bond, I trusted him completely in how he guided my artistry and path as a singer. I am so grateful for all of the beautiful opportunities he offered me. I will miss him always, and cannot think of a better way to honor his memory than to perform on the LNO stage again.
I hope to have many of you in the audience for this celebration of life and art.
The Latvian born soprano Kristine Opolais is one of the most sought-after singers on the international scene, with an established reputation amongst the world’s pre-eminent singing actresses. Opolais has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Opernhaus Zürich, and the Royal Opera House. She collaborates with renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, and Kirill Petrenko. Has voice has been recorded in countless CD and DVD’s, as well as broadcasted internationally as part of the Met’s Live in HD cinema series. Kristine Opolais was a soloist of the Latvian National Opera from 2003 until 2007. The artist is a two-time laureate of the Latvian Grand Music Prize (2006, 2011).
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