Soprano debuts in 2 Met Opera roles within day

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 6 at 10:04 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Soprano Kristine Opolais has made Metropolitan Opera history, becoming the first singer in the Met's 131 years to debut in two major company roles within a span of 24 hours.

The 34-year-old Latvian soprano sang Cio-Cio-San in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" on Friday night, went to dinner and got to bed at 5 a.m. Met General Manager Peter Gelb called 2½ hours later, asking if she could replace ailing Anita Hartig as Mimi in a performance of Puccini's "La Boheme" that was broadcast live to movie theaters around the world Saturday afternoon.

Opolais said no, then changed her mind five minutes later and agreed.

She says "I guess it was destiny."

Opolais is the wife of incoming Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons.

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