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Listen: Eva-Maria Westbroek on Cavalleria rusticana — 'I can go wild!'

The Dutch soprano on her love of verismo and the charms of Mascagni's opera.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

14 July 2015 at 12.32pm | Comment on this article

Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek will return to the Royal Opera House to sing the role of Santuzza in Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana. It's a return she's extremely excited for:

'I think Cavalleria rusticana is one of the most wonderful operas ever written. It's so passionate, real and exciting', she says. 'It has you on the edge of your seat.'

'Santuzza is a woman who's been betrayed by a lover. She then betrays him and it goes horribly wrong. To sing these big duets is just amazing. It's very dramatic.'

2015 is Cavalleria rusticana-filled for Eva-Maria as in the spring she warmed up for her London performances of the opera with a run of a different production in New York:

'I'm really excited to sing Santuzza at the Metropolitan Opera and at Covent Garden. It's really interesting to reinvent yourself with Santuzza in each production. I feel extremely lucky.'

Eva-Maria's last Royal Opera House performances were as Maddalena di Coigny in Andrea Chénier — like Cavalleria rusticana, a verismo opera:

'Verismo is my favourite style of opera. I love it so much because it demands a lot of emotion, trying to stay true and giving a lot of yourself. It's less controlled in a way — I can go wild, which I love!'

Cavalleria rusticana runs from 3 December 2015—1 January 2016. Tickets are still available.

It is a co-production with Opera Australia, La Monnaie, Brussels and The Göteborg Opera. It is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

14 July 2015 at 12.32pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Damiano Michieletto, Cavalleria rusticana, Cavalleria rusticana pagliacci, Eva-Maria Westbroek, interview, Production

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