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Eva-Maria Westbroek

Soprano

Biography

Eva-Maria Westbroek in action.
Eva-Maria Westbroek in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek made her Royal Opera debut as Katerina (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) in 2006. She has since sung Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Minnie (La fanciulla del West), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Giorgetta (Il trittico) and Dido (Les Troyens) and in 2011 created the title role in the world premiere of Anna Nicole. In the 2014/15 Season she sings Anna Nicole and Maddalena (Andrea Chénier) for the Company.

Westbroek grew up in Holland and studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and with James McCray. She spent five years as a company member of Stuttgart Opera, her roles including Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Carlotta (Die Gezeichneten). She has since performed in all the leading opera houses and concert halls, engagements including Sieglinde for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Frankfurt Opera and Bayreuth and Aix-en-Provence festivals, Francesca da Rimini for the Metropolitan Opera, Minnie, Katerina and Cassandra (Les Troyens) for Netherlands Opera, Chrysothemis (Elektra) for Salzburg Festival, Kat’a Kabanová for Berlin State Opera, Empress (Die Frau ohne Schatten) for Opéra-Bastille, Jenůfa and Ariadne for Bavarian State Opera, Puccini's Manon Lescaut for La Monnaie, Brussels, and Baden-Baden, Leonora (La forza del destino) at La Monnaie and Vienna State Opera and Isolde in Dresden.

Westbroek's many concert appearances include La Gioconda, Wally, Ariadne, Leonora and Maddalena at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, under such conductors as Valeri Gergiev, Maris Jansons, Simon Rattle and Christian Thielemann.

Videos

News and features

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

2 December 2014

Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.

5 things you need to know about Anna Nicole, the opera

5 things you need to know about Anna Nicole, the opera

25 August 2014

Our guide to Mark-Anthony Turnage's sensational 2011 opera.

Watch: Cast and creative team on Anna Nicole - 'It's a mirror for our society'

Watch: Cast and creative team on Anna Nicole - 'It's a mirror for our society'

6 June 2014

Go behind the scenes with Antonio Pappano, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Richard Thomas.

Les Troyens and Die tote Stadt released on DVD

Les Troyens and Die tote Stadt released on DVD

3 October 2013

David McVicar’s epic production of Berlioz's opera stars Olivier Award winning Bryan Hymel.

Eva-Maria Westbroek returns to Covent Garden in Les Troyens

Eva-Maria Westbroek returns to Covent Garden in Les Troyens

22 June 2012

The soprano tells us why she’s so happy to be singing the role of Didon with The Royal Opera.

Il tabarro broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 15 June

Il tabarro broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 15 June

15 June 2012

Watch the first of Puccini’s Il trittico, directed by Richard Jones.

Photos

Eva-Maria Westbroek in rehearsal for Anna Nicole © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Jason Broderick as teenage Daniel in Anna Nicole © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Rod Gilfry as Stern and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Rod Gilfry as Stern and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Alan Oke as J.Howard Marshall and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Danielle Meeham as reporter, Alan Oke as J.Howard Marshall and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Andrew Rees as Doctor Yes and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Eva-Maria Westbroek in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde and Simon O'Neill as Siegmund in Die Walküre © Clive Barda/ROH 2012

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Dido and Bryan Hymel as Aeneas in Les Troyens © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Dido, Bryan Hymel as Aeneas and Barbara Senator as Ascanius in Les Troyens © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Minnie and Jose Cura as Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Minnie and Jose Cura as Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2007

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Minnie and Jose Cura as Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2007

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser © Clive Barda/ROH 2010

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth in La Tannhauser © Clive Barda/ROH 2010

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde in Die Walküre © Clive Barda/ROH 2012

Alan Oke as J.Howard Marshall, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Alan Oke as J.Howard Marshall in Anna Nicole © ROH/Cooper/ROH 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011

The Royal Opera's Tannhäuser © ROH 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Alan Oke as J. Howard Marshall, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Gerald Finley as Stern in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Susan Bickley as Virgie in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole and Alan Oke as J. Howard Marshall in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Susan Bickley as Virgie, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole, Rebecca De Pont Davies as Aunt Kay and Lore Lixenberg as Shelley in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eva-Maria Westbroeck as Anna Nicole with Damien Miller in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011