08 Dec 2010
Eva-Maria Westbroek: The enthralling soprano
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Rupert Christiansen [The Telegraph, 8 December 2010]
Eva-Maria Westbroek is about to offer Covent Garden a spectacular double act. This month, she sings the saintly virginal Elisabeth in a new production of Wagner’s medieval romance, Tannhäuser. In February, she will do a total volte-face, creating the title role in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new opera Anna Nicole, drawn on the pathetic life of Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, who married an octogenarian billionaire and died in 2007 after a drug overdose.