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Eva-Maria Westbroek (1971) is a Dutch soprano who currently has a big international career in both the Italian and German opera repertoire. She studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague from 1988 till 1995 and followed masterclasses with Iris Adami Corradetti and the American tenor James McCray. She won prizes at the International Competition in Rome, the Angelica Catalani Concours and the Santa Maria Ligure Concours.

Early career 1995-2001[edit]

Eva-Maria Westbroek made her opera debut at the Aldeburgh Festival as Mère Marie in Poulencs Dialogues des Carmélites and sang Puccini's Tosca in Latvia and The Netherlands. After having had some doubts about her abilities to become a succesful professional singer, she refound her pleasure and self-esteem in singing as a waitress in an Amsterdam restaurant in which waiters and waitresses also sing arias. She did new auditions and was offered the role of Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlos at the Komische Oper Berlin. Having heard and seen her, Harry Kupfer asked her to sing Chrysothemis in his production of Strauss’ Elektra. For this role Eva-Maria Westbroek was mentioned as candidate for the title “Sängerin des Jahres 2001” in the authoritative opera magazine Opernwelt. In this period she also sang Tosca in Novi Sad, Santuzza in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, Lisa in Prokofjews Pique Dame in Coburg and Gerhilde and Gutrune in Wagners Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, after which she was offered a position in the ensemble.

Stuttgarter period 2001-2006[edit]

From 2001 till 2006 Eva-Maria Westbroek took part in the ensemble of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Here she recieved great acclaim with her performances as Carlotta in Schrekers Die Gezeichneten, Tosca, Emilia Marty in Janáčeks Vec Makropulos and Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello. Other roles she performed in Stuttgart are Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Guilietta in Offenbachs Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Marie in Smetana’s Die Verkaufte Braut and La Duchessa di Parma in Busoni’s Doktor Faustus. In 2006 she was given the title Kammersängerin der Staatsoper Stuttgart.

During her Stuttgarter period Eva-Maria Westbroek also appeared in various other theatres. In 2002 she performed Julietta in Martinů’s Julietta at the Bregenzer Festspiele, a performance which is available on CD. She sang Chrysothemis in Tokio under Charles Dutoit. In 2003 she debuted at the Salzburger Festspiele as Agave in a concert performance of Egon WelleszDie Bakchantinnen. At the Semperoper in Dresden Eva-Maria Westbroek appeared as Chryosthemis and Ariadne in StraussAriadne auf Naxos. In 2004 Eva-Maria Westbroek successfully debuted at L’Opéra de la Bastille in Paris as Madame Lidoine in Poulencs Dialogues des Carmélites and in 2005 she here had a big success as Chrysothemis under Christoph von Dohnanyi. At the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Eva-Maria Westbroek had successes in concert performances as Ariadne, Maddalena in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, Marguerite in BerliozLa Damnation de Faust under Valery Gergiev and Minnie in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West.

From 2006 till now[edit]

In June 2006 Eva-Maria Westbroek had a phenomenal debut at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam as Katerina Izmajlova in Shostakovichs Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Mariss Jansons. For this performance she won the first prize from the Dutch VSCD Classical Music in the category “most impressive individual artistic achievement”. With this role she also made a very successful debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London in November 2006. Both performances were broadcasted on television and the Amsterdam production is also available on DVD.

In June 2007 Eva-Maria Westbroek had a sensational success as Sieglinde under Sir Simon Rattle at the festival of Aix-en-Provence. This production was also performed in 2008 at the Osterfestspiele in Salzburg and is available on DVD. She also appeared as Sieglinde at Covent Garden and at the Bayreuther Festspiele in the summer of 2008 under Christian Thielemann. Eva-Maria Westbroek returned to La Bastille in Paris for two role debuts: Elisabeth in Wagners Tannhäuser and Kaiserin in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten. In Paris she recently was awarded the very prestigious Grand Prix Antoine Livio of the Presse Musicale Internationale. In 2008 she also returned to Covent Garden as Minnie. At La Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels she debuted as Leonora in Verdi’s La Forza del Destino. This performance was followed by her debut at the Münchner Nationaltheater in Munich as Chrysothemis. In October 2008 she made her debut as Hanna Glawari in Lehár’s Die Lustige Witwe in the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Future plans[edit]

In 2009 Eva-Maria Westbroek will return to La Bastille for Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk under Hartmut Hänchen and to Bayreuth as Sieglinde. With Hänchen she will also perform the closing scene of Strauss Salome in concert in Brussels and The Hague. Eva-Maria Westbroek will return to Munich as Janáčeks Jenůfa and make her debut in Napels as Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. At De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam she will return as Minnie and as Cassandre in Berlioz’ Les Troyens in 2010. In 2010 Eva-Maria Westbroek will also make her US debut as Sieglinde at the San Francisco Opera. Moreover, she will make her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in Vienna as Leonora in La Forza del Destino and return to Covent Garden as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser.

In 2011 Eva-Maria Westbroek will make her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Sieglinde and in 2012 she will return to Milan as Kaiserin. Other upcoming engagements are Amelia in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera in Frankfurt in 2009, Chrysothemis in Brussels in 2010, Sieglinde in Frankfurt in 2010, Ariane in DukasAriane et Barbe-bleue in Barcelona and Minnie in Madrid in 2011 and concert performances of Catalani’s La Wally and Ponchielli’s La Gioconda at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 2010 and 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Eva-Maria Westbroek is one of three daughters of the emeritus professor in geology Peter Westbroek. She is married to tenor Frank van Aken.

References[edit]

www.evamariawestbroek.com www.dutchdivas.net/sopranen/eva-maria_westbroek.html