Kristine Opolais http://wrti.org en Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours http://wrti.org/post/two-leads-two-deaths-18-hours Over the weekend, soprano Kristine Opolais sang her heart out — and died twice.<p>Friday evening she had sung the lead in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/90063951/giacomo-puccini" target="_blank">Puccini</a>'s <em>Madama Butterfly</em>. It was her debut in that role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It was a big deal. Opolais was so excited about it that she stayed up until five the next morning.<p>At 7:30 Saturday morning, she got a call from Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Met. Groggy-voiced, Opolais said hello, and after a moment it became clear what was happening. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7179 at http://wrti.org Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours The Met Opera: Puccini's LA RONDINE, Jan. 26th at 1 pm http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-puccinis-la-rondine-jan-26th-1-pm <p>Kristine Opolais made “a spectacular Met debut” (<i>New York Post</i>). As Magda, she “brought creamy sound, pliant phrasing and floating high notes” to Puccini’s <i>La Rondine</i>. “A lovely woman and an affectingly natural actress, she has a plush voice with a throbbing richness that lends a touch of poignancy to every phrase she sings (<i>New York Times</i>).</p> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:32:49 +0000 WRTI Staff 5058 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera: Puccini's LA RONDINE, Jan. 26th at 1 pm