Eva-Maria Westbroek

Soprano

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Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci


Leoncavallo:

Pagliacci

Dimitri Platanias (Tonio), Aleksandrs Antonenko (Canio), Carmen Giannattasio (Nedda), Dionysus Sourbis (Silvio), Benjamin Hulett (Beppe)

Mascagni:

Cavalleria Rusticana

Eva-Maria Westbroek (Santuzza), Aleksandrs Antonenko (Turiddu), Dimitri Platanias (Alfio), Martina Belli (Lola), Elena Zilio (Mamma Lucia)


Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Royal Opera Chorus, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Damiano Michieletto (director)

These two short Italian operas are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where the Mafia has a hold. The Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts a cast that includes charismatic Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, exciting Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio and the thrilling Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko.

Subtitles: ENG, FR, D, JP, KOR

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: Dolby Stereo & DTS 5.1 (DVD)

“Dimitri Platanias makes a brash and brutish Alfio in Cavalleria and a thrillingly emphatic Tonio in Pagliacci. Aleksandrs Antonenko is not a subtle artist, but the raw energy of both his Canio and his Tiriddu makes an impact…Antonio Pappano knows exactly how these pieces should go, while the ROH forces play and sing their hearts out in realising them” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ****

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Strauss, R: Elektra

Strauss, R: Elektra

Live recording from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburger Festspiele 2010


Iréne Theorin (Elektra), Waltraud Meier (Klytämnestra), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Chrysothemis), Robert Gambill (Aegisth) & René Pape (Orest)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Daniele Gatti (conductor) & Nikolaus Lehnhoff (stage director)

Special Release On The Occasion Of Richard Strauss’ 150th Anniversary On 11 June 2014.

Complete Opera Recording

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Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD

Master Audio 5.1 Picture Format: 16:9

Blu-ray Disc: 50 GB (Dual Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, IT, JP, Korean

Running Time: 109 mins

FSK: 6

Region Code: worldwide

“Here's a treat for Expressionism junkies...dominated by Theorin's extraordinary heroine, a Brunnhilde gone seriously to seed, a real tour de force of concentrated energy, vocal stamina and dramatic power, who occupies most of the very well-made film in close-up. Daniele Gatti gets marvellous sounds from the Vienna Philharmonic, all the score's fever and neurosis but also its tenderness... There's really not a weak link here.” Opera Now, Summer 2011 *****

“Elektra's Freudian creepiness constantly attracts sensationalist productions, so it's a pleasure to report just how fine this 2010 Salzburg staging is. Daniele Gatti's conducting is powerful enough, but never loses sight of the score's eerie lyricism and sombre glow, which Nikolaus Lehnhoff's staging embodies to atmospherically...Among Elektras on DVD this, along with Karl Böhm's historical performance, must rank among the best; and on Blu-ray it is superb.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 *****

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre


Jonas Kaufmann (Siegmund), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Hans-Peter König (Hunding), Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Bryn Terfel (Wotan), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka), Kelly Cae Hogan (Gerhilde), Molly Fillmore (Helmwige), Wendy Bryn Harmer (Ortlinde), Eve Gigliotti, Mary Ann McCormick (Grimgerde), Lindsay Ammann (Rossweisse) Marjorie Elinor Dix (Waltraute), Mary Phillips (Schwertleite)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine

Production by Robert Lepage

“Terfel is twice the Wotan he seemed at Covent Garden, displaying commanding tone and rough-hewn sensitivity. Deborah Voigt's Brunnhilde is attractively lyrical...Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek are superb Volsungs, in need of livelier direction.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 ****

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Puccini: La fanciulla del West

Puccini: La fanciulla del West

Recorded live at The Amsterdam Music Theatre, Nov & Dec 2009


Eva-Maria Westbroek (Minnie), Lucio Gallo (Jack Rance), Zoran Todorovich (Dick Johnson), Roman Sadnik (Nick), Diogenes Randes (Ashby), Stephen Gadd (Sonora), Tijl Faveyts (Billy Jackrabbit), Ellen Rabiner (Wowkle), André Morsch (Jake Wallace) & Roger Smeets (José Castro)

Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera & Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlo Rizzi (conductor) & Nikolaus Lehnhoff (director)

Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s Hollywood-style production updates this Wild West story to the capitalist culture of Wall Street, perfectly reflecting Puccini’s innovatory spirit. In a new angle on the age-old love triangle theme, corrupt Sheriff Jack Rance (Lucio Gallo) and charismatic criminal Dick Johnson (Zoran Todorovich) vie for the love of glamorous blonde and devout Christian Minnie (Eva-Maria Westbroek), finding her way in a man’s world. Carlo Rizzi’s idiomatic conducting draws excellent singing from the large cast and fine playing from The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Documentary on Eva-Maria Westbroek

"...a high-powered show throughout..." The Financial Times

"...The Netherlands Opera’s spirited and inventive new production..." New York Times

Running time 160mins

Region code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS digital

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL

“What we see is an updated parable of the American dream...in the final scene [Minnie] appears, like Jean Harlow, at the top of a glittering staircase to be carried off to a Hollywood happy ending...Does it all make sense? Not really; but the characters are vividly portrayed and the settings look spectacular.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“From her first entrance...Westbroek is captivating. She boasts the wonderfully meaty instrument required for Minnie (especially in the all-important middle voice), plus the right wholesome, strawberry-blonde appearance...This endearing portrayal will surely take its place in the great line of sopranos who have excelled as Minnie...Carlo Rizzi leads a highly passionate reading” International Record Review, December 2010

“A Hollywood-style updating in Nikolaus Lehnhoff's production from the Netherlands Opera, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Traditionalists may not necessarily appreciate Minnie's somewhat garish, bright-pink bedroom, but Eva-Maria Westbroek is fantastic in the role, and Zoran Todorovich's Dick Johnson is full of charm.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, July 2014

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Puccini: La fanciulla del West

Puccini: La fanciulla del West

Recorded live at The Amsterdam Music Theatre, Nov & Dec 2009


Eva-Maria Westbroek (Minnie), Lucio Gallo (Jack Rance), Zoran Todorovich (Dick Johnson), Roman Sadnik (Nick), Diogenes Randes (Ashby), Stephen Gadd (Sonora), Tijl Faveyts (Billy Jackrabbit), Ellen Rabiner (Wowkle), André Morsch (Jake Wallace) & Roger Smeets (José Castro)

Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera & Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,, Carlo Rizzi (conductor) & Nikolaus Lehnhoff (director)

Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s Hollywood-style production updates this Wild West story to the capitalist culture of Wall Street, perfectly reflecting Puccini’s innovatory spirit. In a new angle on the age-old love triangle theme, corrupt Sheriff Jack Rance (Lucio Gallo) and charismatic criminal Dick Johnson (Zoran Todorovich) vie for the love of glamorous blonde and devout Christian Minnie (Eva-Maria Westbroek), finding her way in a man’s world. Carlo Rizzi’s idiomatic conducting draws excellent singing from the large cast and fine playing from The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Documentary on Eva-Maria Westbroek

"...a high-powered show throughout..." The Financial Times

"...The Netherlands Opera’s spirited and inventive new production..." New York Times

Running time 160 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size BD50

Picture format 1080i

Sound format 2.0 LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS digital surround

Menu language EN

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL

“What we see is an updated parable of the American dream...in the final scene [Minnie] appears, like Jean Harlow, at the top of a glittering staircase to be carried off to a Hollywood happy ending...Does it all make sense? Not really; but the characters are vividly portrayed and the settings look spectacular.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“From her first entrance...Westbroek is captivating. She boasts the wonderfully meaty instrument required for Minnie (especially in the all-important middle voice), plus the right wholesome, strawberry-blonde appearance...This endearing portrayal will surely take its place in the great line of sopranos who have excelled as Minnie...Carlo Rizzi leads a highly passionate reading” International Record Review, December 2010

“A Hollywood-style updating in Nikolaus Lehnhoff's production from the Netherlands Opera, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Traditionalists may not necessarily appreciate Minnie's somewhat garish, bright-pink bedroom, but Eva-Maria Westbroek is fantastic in the role, and Zoran Todorovich's Dick Johnson is full of charm.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, July 2014

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Wagner - Die Walküre (DVD)

Wagner - Die Walküre (DVD)


Wagner:

Die Walküre

Grand Théâtre, Aix-en-Provence 2006


Robert Gambill (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko (Hunding), Willard White (Wotan), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Eva Johansson (Brünnhilde), Lilli Paasikivi (Fricka), Joanna Porackova (Gerhilde), Elaine McKrill (Ortlinde), Julianne Young (Waltraute), Andrea Baker (Schwertleite), Erika Sunnegårdh (Helmwige), Heike Grötzinger (Siegrune), Eva Vogel (Grimgerde) & Annette Bod (Rossweisse)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor) & Stéphane Braunschweig (director)

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Sir Simon Rattle has distinguished himself through his long-term relationships with a number of orchestras, wide-ranging repertoire and innovative educational and audiencebuilding activities. He is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Principal Artist with the OAE. Sir Simon first conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in 1987 and appeared regularly with the orchestra in subsequent years.The summer of 2006 saw the first instalment of their Wagner Ring Cycle at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Sir Simon's most recent appearance at the Proms in Wagner brought forth ecstatic reviews, which bodes well for possible future installments of the Aix /Salzburg Ring on Bel Air Classiques.

"In what is both Mr. Rattle's and Aix's first Ring Cycle, "Die Walküre," the Ring's second chapter, was magically transformed by the enclosed space and lively acoustics of the Grand Théâtre de Provence. But where the new theater makes another significant difference is in Mr. Braunschweig's staging of the opera. Far more than in last year's "Rheingold," even the gods, notably Wotan and his twin children, Siegmund and Sieglinde, can now be felt to experience deeply human emotions. The final curtain brought a standing ovation for both orchestra and singers, with Ms.Westbroek singled out for her "extraordinary power and lyricism," as Jean-Louis Validire, Le Figaro's music critic, put it… The Ring Cycle continues here with "Siegfried" in 2008 and "Götterdammerüng" in 2009 and, as with "Das Rheingold" and "Die Walküre," they will be presented afresh at the Salzburg Easter Festival the following year." The New York Times, July 5, 2007

“Sir Willard White's patriarchal Wotan seems subtler on screen, more smouldering than stiff, and sings richly… Eva Johansson's… makes a fiery, youthful Brünnhilde, more at one with her fellow Valkyries - a fine bunch - than usual. Rattle's conducting… is easy enough to enjoy - fluent, often sweeping - and, of course, beautifully played by the Berliners...” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ****

“Wind and brass detail, the accuracy and blending of the chording and that rhythmic precision which is a Rattle speciality lift the final colloquy between Wotan and Brünnhilde to Olympian heights.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2009

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Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Directed for Stage by Peter Konwitschny and Stage and Costumes by Bert Neumann


Albert Bonnema, Luana DeVol, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Roland Bracht, Hernan Iturralde & Franz-Josef Kapellmann

Staatsoper Stuttgart, Lothar Zagrosek

Recorded live at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, 3 October 2002 & 12 January 2003

“It is very likely that in the near future the Stuttgart Ring, conceived by Klaus Zehelein will be remembered as a Wagnerian watershed as much as Wieland Wagner’s in the 1950s.” Opera

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre

Directed for Stage by Christoph Nel

Stage and Costumes by Karl Kneidl


Recorded live at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, 29 September 2002 & 2 January 2003

“Schlömer concentrates wholly on characterisation and deft movement; magic effects are cleverly, unliterally reinvented. Again, this feels true to the work's Greek dramatic heritage - melodramatic actions, as it were, is wholly banished. The cast have clearly rehearsed carefully together; there are no "star" turns, and all are well within their roles vocally. Zagrosek's cool, carefully pulsed conducting suits this score well, and the filming feels better rehearsed than some of the later cycle.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2007

“All in all, the new Stuttgart Rheingold was a clear winner.” Opera

“There can be nothing but praise for Angela Denoke’s debut as Sieglinde, she seems to have taken up Rysanek’s mantle.” Opera News

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Maddalena de Coigny), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard), Denyce Graves (Bersi), Elena Zilio (Madelon), Rosalind Plowright (Contessa de Coigny), Roland Wood (Roucher), Peter Coleman-Wright (Pietro Fléville), Eddie Wade (Fouquier-Tinville), Adrian Clarke (Mathieu), Carlo Bosi (The Incredibile), Peter Hoare (Abbé), Jeremy White (Schmidt), John Cunningham (Major Domo), Yuriy Yurchuk (Dumas)

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano (conductor & David McVicar (director)

“Kaufmann is performing the title role for the first time, and it’s hard to imagine him bettered. His striking looks make him very much the Romantic and romanticised outsider of Giordano’s vision. His voice, with its dark, liquid tone, soars through the music with refined ease and intensity: all those grand declarations of passion, whether political or erotic, hit home with terrific immediacy.” – The Guardian

Presented in its Covent Garden premiere in January 2015, this staging – directed by David McVicar and conducted by the Royal Opera’s Music Director, Sir Antonio Pappano – shows a bloody tricolour daubed with the words “Even Plato banned poets from his Republic” – written by Robespierre on the death warrant of the historical Chénier, a poet and journalist sent to the guillotine in 1794 for criticising France’s post-revolutionary government. Andrea Chénier was a great success at its premiere at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896. It established Giordano as a leading member of Italy’s giovane scuola, and has remained Giordano’s most popular opera, with occasional productions at leading opera houses. This production is the first by The Royal Opera since 1984. Of Giordano’s later operas, only Fedora (1898) has attracted some continued interest.

“Captivating from start to finish, Giordano’s flawed masterpiece Andrea Chenier is presented in a sterling production under director David McVicar...Kaufmann’s voice is in superb condition, expressive and compellingly projected in his arias...[Westbroek's] voice is a substantial instrument which she manages capably, as demonstrated by her Act Three showpiece aria La mamma morta.” MusicWeb International, September 2016

“The Countess de Coigny in sumptuous purple satin is sung to great effect by Rosalind Plowright, as is Elena Zilio’s Madelon…never less than compelling on screen, Jonas Kaufmann is a perfect foil to Eva-Maria Westbroek’s Maddalena who wrings every last drop of emotion out of ‘La mamma morta’…but the man of the hour is Antonio Pappano who conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House as if all their lives depended on it” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ****

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Maddalena de Coigny), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard), Denyce Graves (Bersi), Elena Zilio (Madelon), Rosalind Plowright (Contessa de Coigny), Roland Wood (Roucher), Peter Coleman-Wright (Pietro Fléville), Eddie Wade (Fouquier-Tinville), Adrian Clarke (Mathieu), Carlo Bosi (The Incredibile), Peter Hoare (Abbé), Jeremy White (Schmidt), John Cunningham (Major Domo), Yuriy Yurchuk (Dumas)

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano (conductor & David McVicar (director)

“Kaufmann is performing the title role for the first time, and it’s hard to imagine him bettered. His striking looks make him very much the Romantic and romanticised outsider of Giordano’s vision. His voice, with its dark, liquid tone, soars through the music with refined ease and intensity: all those grand declarations of passion, whether political or erotic, hit home with terrific immediacy.” – The Guardian

Presented in its Covent Garden premiere in January 2015, this staging – directed by David McVicar and conducted by the Royal Opera’s Music Director, Sir Antonio Pappano – shows a bloody tricolour daubed with the words “Even Plato banned poets from his Republic” – written by Robespierre on the death warrant of the historical Chénier, a poet and journalist sent to the guillotine in 1794 for criticising France’s post-revolutionary government. Andrea Chénier was a great success at its premiere at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896. It established Giordano as a leading member of Italy’s giovane scuola, and has remained Giordano’s most popular opera, with occasional productions at leading opera houses. This production is the first by The Royal Opera since 1984. Of Giordano’s later operas, only Fedora (1898) has attracted some continued interest.

“Captivating from start to finish, Giordano’s flawed masterpiece Andrea Chenier is presented in a sterling production under director David McVicar...Kaufmann’s voice is in superb condition, expressive and compellingly projected in his arias...[Westbroek's] voice is a substantial instrument which she manages capably, as demonstrated by her Act Three showpiece aria La mamma morta.” MusicWeb International, September 2016

“The Countess de Coigny in sumptuous purple satin is sung to great effect by Rosalind Plowright, as is Elena Zilio’s Madelon…never less than compelling on screen, Jonas Kaufmann is a perfect foil to Eva-Maria Westbroek’s Maddalena who wrings every last drop of emotion out of ‘La mamma morta’…but the man of the hour is Antonio Pappano who conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House as if all their lives depended on it” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ****

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