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Eva-Maria Westbroek

Eva-Maria Westbroek
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Eva Maria Westbroek is one of the most acclaimed and widely-recognized classical singers in the world today. She has appeared at the great opera houses and festivals of the world, such as the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Opera National de Paris, Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Semperoper Dresden and Bavarian State Opera in Munich, as well as at the Bayreuth Festival, Salzburg Festival, and the Aix en Provence Festival. Westbroek commands a very wide repertoire of many different periods and styles, including such roles as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Katerina in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West, Maddalena in Andrea Chénier and the title roles in Francesca da Rimini_,_ JenufaManon Lescaut, and Katya Kabanova. She also starred in the sensationally received world premiere of Wayne Turnage’s opera Anne Nicole at Covent Garden. Westbroek’s most recent role debuts have been Marie in Wozzeck at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, first at the Semperoper Dresden and then in Baden-Baden.

Eva Maria Westbroek began the 20172018 season as Leonora in the Dutch National Opera’s new production of La Forza del Destino, directed by Christoph Loy and conducted by Michele Mariotti. She then returned to the Bavarian State Opera as Giorgetta in a new production of Il Tabarro from Puccini’s Il Trittico, conducted by Kyril Petrenko. Westbroek also appeared as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels and as Katerina in Lady Macbeth of Mtsenskat Covent Garden. Invited as an Artist in Residence by the Concertgebeouw Orchestra, she sings three separate programs and participates in chamber concerts with the orchestra during the course of the season. In the summer of 2018, the artist will debut with the Western Australian Symphony in a concert performance of Tristan und Isolde, after which she will appear with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as Sieglinde in a concert performance of Act 1 of Die Walküre.

In the 20162017 season, Eva Maria Westbroek returned to the Dutch National Opera for two roles: the title role in Manon Lescaut and then for her debut as Marie in Wozzeck. She appeared at the Vienna State Opera as Minnie in La Fanciulla del Westand Katerina in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, at the Staatsoper Berlin in the title role of Katya Kabanova, and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Sieglinde in Die Walküre. In July of 2017, she returned to the Bavarian State opera as Jenufa at the Munich Opera Festival. Highlights of the Westbroek included  Elisabeth in performances of Tannhauser at the Metropolitan Opera, under James Levine. She then returned to star as Santuzza in the Royal Opera House’s new production of Cavalleria Rusticana, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, and to the Opera de Monte Carlo for her first stage performances of Catalani’s infrequently performed masterpiece, La Wally. Westbroek also sang Isolde in a new production of Tristan und Isolde at the Festspielhaus Baden Baden with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. In June of 2016, she starred in two concerts celebrating the 50thAnniversary Jubilee of the Dutch National Opera, and performed the final scene of Salome for the first time in her career. In August of 2016, Westbroek made her debut at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca.

Eva Maria Westbroek studied at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and then pursued her vocal studies with the legendary soprano Iris Adami Corradetti and famed American tenor James McCray. She made her professional debut in the title role of Tosca at Teatro Manzoni at the age of 25. Among the most important experiences of the first years of her career were her performances as Elisabeth in Don Carlos and Chrysothemis in Elektra at the Komische Oper in Berlin. She subsequently became a member of the Stuttgart Opera, where she developed a very varied repertoire of roles, including Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Adalgisa in Norma, Desdemona in Otello, the title role in Jenufa, Emilia Marty in The Makrapoulos Case, and Marie in The Bartered Bride, as well as Tosca. Westbroek also starred as Carlotta in the internationally acclaimed production of Franz Schrecker’s Die Gezeichneten, and she has been honored by the Stuttgart Opera with the title of Kammersaengerin.

In 2006, Eva Maria Westbroek made a triumphant debut at the Netherlands Opera as Katerina in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, followed by her debut at Covent Garden in the same role. Since her debut at the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Westbroek has returned to the theater as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West and in five new productions: TannhauserAndrea ChenierCavalleria RusticanaLes Troyens, and the world Premiere of Anne Nicole.

Westbroek sang her first Sieglinde in Die Walküre at the Aix en Provence Festival under Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. She has become especially identified with this role, with which she then made her debuts at the Bayreuth Festival, San Francisco Opera and Metropolitan Opera. She has also sung Sieglinde in London, Frankfurt, Valencia and in many concert performances, including the Bayreuth Festival’s Special Concert commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner. Westbroek made her debut at the Paris Opera as Mme Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmelites and returned there as Chrysothemis in Elektra, Elisabeth in Tannhauser, Katerina in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and for her first performances of the Kaiserin in Die Frau ohne Schatten. She made her debut at the Vienna State Opera as Leonora in La Forza del Destino and also appeared in this role at the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels. Her debut at the Bavarian State Opera was as Chrysothemis in Elektra, a role she also performed at the Salzburg Festival. Westbroek also appeared in the new production of Jenufa and in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos in Munich.

Eva Maria Westbroek has added many new roles to her repertoire in recent seasons. She sang the title role in Francesca da Rimini at the Metropolitan Opera and in Monte Carlo, where she also starred in La Wally. She sang her first performances of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Theatre Royale de La Monnaie in Brussels, followed by a production in Baden Baden. Westbroek sang her first staged performances of Tristan und Isolde at the Semperoper Dresden in 2014 and debuted the title role in Katya Kabanova at the Berlin State Opera in 2015. Westbroek also starred as Didon in the new production of Les Troyens at the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, having previously been heard as Cassandre in the same work in Amsterdam. Other recent highlights have included Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Metropolitan Opera and Die Walküre under Sir Simon Rattle at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Westbroek frequently appears in concerts all over the world and has been privileged to collaborate with the most eminent conductors of our day, such as Anthony Pappano, Simon Rattle, James Levine, Bernhard Haitink, Edo de Waart, Maris Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Lothar Zagrosek, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christian Thielemann, Carlo Rizzi, Fabio Luisi, and the late Lorin Maazel. She has worked with such notable directors as Christoph Loy, Krzysztof Warlikovsky, David McVicar, Martin Kusej, Barbara Frey, Niklaus Lehnhoff, Guy Joosten, Francesca Zambello, David Pountney, Vera Nemirova, Richard Jones, Keith Warner, Christoph Loy, Robert Carsen, Andrea Breth and Richard Eyre.

A laureate at the Angelica Catalani Concours and the Santa Maria Ligure Concours, Eva Maria Westrboek’s honors and awards include the Dutch VSCD Classical Music first prize for ‘Most Impressive Individual Artistic Achievement’. Since the spring of 2014, Westbroek has felt especially honored and privileged to be an ambassador for Musicians Without Borders.

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