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Biography

The Dutch stage director Jetske Mijnssen has worked with opera companies throughout Europe. In the 2022/23 season, the State Opera will present her adaptation of Alexander Zemlinsky’s Kleider machen Leute (Clothes Make the Man), the very first production she will have created for the National Theatre in Prague (scheduled to premiere on 24 February 2023). Her style, based on profound exploration of the score, is characterised by a psychological approach that leads to startling and gripping interpretations of opera characters and their fates. Striving to bring scenic visions and music as close together as possible, she has always sought inspiring partners both on stage and in the pit, and she has to date had the good luck to find quite a number of them: Enrique Mazzola, Giedrė Šlekytė, Tito Ceccherini, Emmanuelle Haim, Christoph Rousset, Raphael Pichon, Riccardo Minasi, Gianluca Capuano, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and Oksana Lyniv. In the 2021/22 season, she continued to collaborate with the Komische Oper Berlin (Katya Kabanova) and the Opernhaus Zürich (Dialogues des Carmélites). In May 2022, she staged Anna Bolena as part of the Tudor Trilogy at the Nationale Opera in Amsterdam (to be followed by adaptations of Maria Stuarda, to premiere on 6 May 2023, and Roberto Devereux, to premiere on 12 April 2024). In 2020, she made her debut in Oslo (Il barbiere di Siviglia). Jetske Mijnssen has staged an impressive array of operas, including Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen; Verdi's Don Carlo at the Oper Graz; Legrenzi’s La divisione del Mondo, with Christoph Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg; Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie and Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Opernhaus Zürich; Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in Graz; Rossi’s Orfeo at the Opéra national de Lorraine; Massenet’s Werther and Gouvy’s Le Cid in Saarbrücken; Humperdinck’s Königskinder in Dresden; Verdi’s La traviata in Bern; Handel’s Almira in Hamburg and Innsbruck; Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Essen; Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in Basel; Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges at the Komische Oper Berlin; and Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Opera Zuid in Maastricht. Jetske Mijnssen graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a master's degree in Dutch literature and poetry. She subsequently studied stage direction at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. She launched her career as an opera director by participating in Willy Decker’s workshop at La Monnaie in Brussels in 2001.

Photo Klara Beck