Eva-Maria Westbroek SOPRANO

Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek is internationally recognized as one of the leading operatic artists of our time. She has been acclaimed in most of the world’s greatest opera houses including the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Opera National, Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Teatro alla Scala, Milan and at the Bayreuth and Aix en Provence Festivals. She commands an especially varied repertoire which includes roles such as Sieglinde in Die Walkuere, Leonora in Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino, Desdemona in Otello, Minnie in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, Cassandre and Didon in Berlioz’s Les Troyens, and the title roles in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, Janacek’s Jenufa and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Westbroek begins the 2013/2014 season at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Sieglinde under Sir Simon Rattle. She will add two new roles to her repertoire this season; appearing as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde at the SemperOper opposte Frank van Aken and conducted by Asher Fish, and in the title role of Janacek’s Katya Kabanova at the Berlin State Opera in the new production directed by Andrea Breth and conducted  by Mo Rattle. She will also join Mo Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for a new production of Manon Lescaut at the FestspielHaus Baden Baden, and sings Sieglinde and Giorgietta in Il Tabarro at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona; Westbroek will also be guest soloist with the London Philharmonia under Christoph von Dohnanyi in Strauss’s Four Last Songs, both in London and at the Salzburg Festival, and returns to the Tetaro Real in Madrid in a solo concert of music by Richard Wagner and Samuel Barber.

Eva Maria Westbroek was a student at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. She also studied with legendary Italian Soprano Iris Adami Corradetti, with whom she prepared her operatic debut as Floria Tosca in Rome. After appearances at the Komische Oper in Berlin as Elisabeth in Don Carlos and Chrysothemis in Elektra, she joined the ensemble of the Stuttgart Opera in 2001, where she was heard in many roles including Tosca, Adalgisa in Norma, Desdemona in Otello, Emilia Marty in The Makropolous Case, Jenufa and asCarlotta in Schrecker’s Die Gezeichneten, and was awarded the title of “Kammersängerin” in 2006. Westbroek made her North American debut in 2006 when she sang the second act of Jenufa with the Chicago Symphony opposite Anja Silja and conducted by Daniel Harding That same year she made a brilliant debut at the Netherlands Opera in her first performances of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, later debuting at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in the same role. She made a rare foray into the realm of operetta when she made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Hanna Glawari in Lehar’s Die Lustige Witwe in 2008. Westbroek sang her first Sieglinde in Die Walkuere at the Aix en Provence Festival under Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic, and subsequently appeared in the production at the Salzburg Easter Festival. Sieglinde was also the role of her Bayreuth Festival debut in 2008 under Christian Thielemann, for her San Francisco Opera debut in June of 2010 in a production directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Donald Runnicles, and for her long awaited Metropoltian Opera Debut in 2011 in a new production conducted by James Levine and staged by Robert Le Page. She has also sung Sieglinde in Valencia under Zubin Mehta , and in the Frankfurt Opera’s new production of the work in 2010, and in concert performances 2012 with Mo Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. In May of 2013 Westbroek returned to the Festpielhaus in Bayreuth to perform Act 1 of Die Walkuere as well as Isolde’s Liebestod under Christian Thielemann, in a concert celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Richard Wagner.

The artist was first heard at the Opera National in Paris as Mme Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmelites in 2004 and has returned there as Chrysothemis in Elektra, Elisabeth in Tannhauser, Katarina in Lady Macbeth and Mtsensk and in her first performances of the Kaiserin in Die Frau ohne Schatten. She made her debut at the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels 2008 with her first Leonora in La Forza del Destino in 2008, subsequently debuting at the Vienna State Opera in the same role in 2010; and madeher debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as Chrysothemis . She returned to Munich in 2009 in by the title role in the  new production of Jenufa in 2009.  A regular guest at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden since her debut there, her appearances have included Elisabeth in the new productions of Tannhauser  under Semyon Buchkov, Giorgietta in the new production of Il Tabarro and Didon in the new staging of Les Troyens, all of which were conducted by Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano.  She also created the title role in Richard Jones’s acclaimed staging of the world premiere of Turnage’s Anne Nicole at the Royal Opera, also under Pappano who has conducted her there as Sieglinde as well. Special mention must be made of the title role of Minnie in La Fanciulla del West, a role for which Westbroek has  gained international praise. She first sang Minnie in concert for Radio Vara in Amsterdam. Her first stage performances of the role took place at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden under Maestro Pappano and she has also sung the role in new productions at the Frankfurt Opera and Netherlands Opera.

Recent highlights of the artist’s schedule have included her performances of the title role in Zandonai’s Francesa da Rimini at the Monte Carlo Opera and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, her debut at the

Teatro Real in Madrid in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, her debut at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago in Tannhauser, and her first Manon lescaut at the Theatre Royale de La Monnaie in 2013. She also returned to the Netherlands as Cassandre in Les Troyens and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera.

A frequent guest on the concert platform, Westbroek has sung Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder under Marek Janowski with the Orchestre de Monte Carlo and in Stuttgart with Lothar Zagrosek. She made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in Act 1 of Die Walkuere opposite Placido Domingo under Simon Rattle, and also performed this Act with the Royal Concertgebeouw Orchestra in Amsterdam under Bernard Haitink, at the Salzburg Festival under Lorin Maazel, and in Hong Kong under Edo de Waart. In 2013 Westbroek sang Bruennhilde’s Immolation Scene from Goetterdammerung for the first time, also in Amsterdam with Marius Jansons conducting. She had previously sung Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with Mo Jansons in Amsterdam in 2010. Westbroek has also sung Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev as and in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in Stuttgart with Zagrosek and in at the Concertgebeouw under Marius Jansons in 2010. She has frequently sung Verdi’s Requiem, most recently in 2013 in Linz and at the Perelada Festival. Westbroek has often appeared in concert operas at the Concertgebeouw in Amsterdam in works which have included Ariadne auf Naxos, Andrea Chenier, La Fanciulla del West , Catalani’s La Wally, and  Ponchielli’s La Gioconda.