Kristine Opolais: My voice is changing

The Latvian soprano has pulled out of her ex-husband’s Boston performance of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater.

Here’s why, she says:

I loved singing Suor Angelica at the Met earlier this season and I very much look forward to revisiting this gorgeous and heart-breaking role with the incredible Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, and Violeta Urmana on February 21 & 23!

I also want to share with you that I have decided to withdraw from the performances of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the BSO following Angelica. Dvořák’s music is of course very close to my heart, but as I continue my journey through different repertoire my voice is changing and this work is no longer a perfect fit for me vocally. After thoughtful deliberation, I decided to remove it from my repertoire and very much look forward to Suor Angelica.

Ms Opolais will be replaced by Rachel Willis-Sørensen.


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  • If I remember correctly, Ms Opolais withdrew from a performance of Britten’s War Requiem some years ago for similar reasons.

    It is sensible and professional to know your range and what your voice is suited for. She is popular and well received in her opera roles.

  • It was an average voice now mostly in decline. Sadly I knew she was doomed after staying up all night and then accepting to sing a very poor Mimi, just because it was a MET telecast.

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