3 Jan 2018, by LiesbethRhijnsburger
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Eva-Maria Westbroek. Photo by Fazil Berisha.
Two tales of passion, jealousy, and death set in southern Italy, Cav/Pag have been all but inseparable on the opera stages of the world since the Met first presented them as a double bill in 1893. The overwhelming success of Cavalleria was crucial in launching the verismo movement, inspiring other composers (including Leoncavallo) to turn to stories and characters from real life, and often from society’s grungier elements.
Eva-Maria Westbroek has become one of the most acclaimed and widely-recognized classical singers in the world today. She has appeared in nearly all of the great opera houses and festivals in the world including the Bayreuth and Aix en Provence Festivals, Covent Garden, Royal Opera, Opera National de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Semperoper Dresden and Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Her signature roles include Sieglinde in Die Walkuere, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West and the title roles in Francesca da Rimini, Jenufa, Manon Lescaut, Katya Kabanova and Maddalena in Andrea Chénier.