Jetske Mijnssen, Direction

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Jetske Mijnssen

Jetske Mijnssen, ​born in Nijmegen (Netherlands) and living in her home country, is directing opera in theatres throughout Europe. The participation in a workshop by Willy Decker at Brussels’ Théâtre de La Monnaie was the starting point of her career.  She was graduated at Amsterdam’s University with a master’s degree in Dutch literature and poetry. Specialising in opera, she studied stage-direction at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.

Bringing scenic visions and music as close together as possible, is Jetske Mijnssen’s ideal. Her directorial approach is twofold. Careful musical reading of the scores on one side is matched by  psychological analysis of the operatic characters and their fate on the other. Creating emotional experiences through engaging scenes and complex personalities is central for her theatrical work.

Jetske Mijnssen’s list of operatic productions is remarkable. She directed Humperdinck’s Königskinder in Dresden, La traviata in Berne, Handel's Almira in Hamburg and Innsbruck, Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Essen, Louis Théodore Gouvy’s Le Cid in Saarbrücken, Madama Butterfly in Basle, Don Pasquale and L’enfant et les sortilèges at Berlin’s Komische Oper, and Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Zuid.

In 2016 she directed Luigi Rossi’s Orfeo at the Opera national de Lorraine in Nancy. This production was awarded with the French Grand Prix du Syndicat de la Critique. Werther, produced in Saarbrücken, was nominated for Germany’s DER FAUST.

More recently, Jetske Mijnssen has premiered Idomeneo, Haydn’s Orlando paladino and Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie in Zurich, Eugene Onegin and – opening the season - Don Carlo in Graz.

Another L’Orfeo, by Monteverdi, followed in Copenhagen, Katya Kabanova will be premiered at Berlin’s Komische Oper.


​La divisione del mondo

​La divisione del mondo

Jetske Mijnssen’s Calendar

February 2023

24.02.2023 / Alexander Zemlinsky: Kleider machen Leute / Národni Divadlo, Nationaltheater, Prag

March 2023

03.03.2023 / Alexander Zemlinsky: Kleider machen Leute / Národni Divadlo, Nationaltheater, Prag

09.03.2023 / Alexander Zemlinsky: Kleider machen Leute / Národni Divadlo, Nationaltheater, Prag

24.03.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo / Den Kongelige Opera. Kopenhagen

26.03.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo / Den Kongelige Opera. Kopenhagen

28.03.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo / Den Kongelige Opera. Kopenhagen

30.03.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo / Den Kongelige Opera. Kopenhagen

April 2023

01.04.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo / Den Kongelige Opera. Kopenhagen

05.04.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo / Den Kongelige Opera. Kopenhagen

13.04.2023 / Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo / Oper Graz

20.04.2023 / Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo / Oper Graz

23.04.2023 / Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo / Oper Graz

30.04.2023 / Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo / Oper Graz

May 2023

06.05.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

06.05.2023 / Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo / Oper Graz

09.05.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

12.05.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

15.05.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

18.05.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

21.05.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

25.05.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

28.05.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

June 2023

08.06.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Anna Bolena / Teatro di San Carlo, Neapel

11.06.2023 / Alexander Zemlinsky: Kleider machen Leute / Národni Divadlo, Nationaltheater, Prag

11.06.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Anna Bolena / Teatro di San Carlo, Neapel

14.06.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Anna Bolena / Teatro di San Carlo, Neapel

17.06.2023 / Gaetano Donizetti: Anna Bolena / Teatro di San Carlo, Neapel

​L'Orfeo

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