Apr 06, 2014
By Bob Sheppard
A soprano with the Met has made history by making debuts in two separate roles within 24 hours.
On Friday night, 34 year-old Latvian Kristine Opolais sang Cio-Cio-San in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Just two-and-a-half hours after getting into bed at 5:00 a.m. the Met’s General Manager Peter Gelb called to ask if she could fill in for the ailing Anita Hartig as Mimi in Puccini’s “La Boheme” on Saturday afternoon.
Opolais said no at first, but agreed five minutes later.
She was overcome with emotion during a five-minute ovation after her performance Saturday; a performance seen not only by four-thousand people at the Metropolitan Opera House, but by thousands on closed circuit television in North America, as well as 32 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.