Jetske Mijnssen (1970) is directing in opera houses across Europe. Her work is characterised by a psychological approach that leads to startling and gripping interpretations of opera figures and their fate. Her focus on psychological story's in plots and characters and her highly musical approach create engaging scenes, that move todays audiences. As a critic put it: '...Mijnssen makes the music visible, she makes you sense the message in the music...'
In the past years, Jetske Mijnssen has found inspiring musical partners in - among others - Christophe Rousset, Emmanuelle Haim, Giovanni Antonini, Oksana Lyniv, Raphael Pichon, Riccardo Minasi, Gianluca Capuano, Mirga Grazynite-Tyla and Alessandro de Marchi.
In the season '17/'18 she directed Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at Opernhaus Zuerich and Jevgeni Onegin by Pjotr Iljitsj Tchaikovski at Oper Graz.
In 2016 Jetske Mijnssen directed Orfeo by Luigi Rossi in collaboration with Raphael Pichon at the Opera national de Lorraine. This production won the Grand Prix du Syndicat de la Critique 2016.
Werther by Massenet, which she created together with set and costume designer Ben Baur for Theater Saarbruecken, was nominated for DER FAUST 2014, in the category 'Regie Musiktheater'
A selection of her productions:
Orlando Paladino by Joseph Haydn for Opernhaus Zuerich, Königskinder by Engelbert Humperdinck at the Semperoper Dresden, La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi at Konzerttheater Bern, Almira by Georg Friedrich Händel at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Die Entführung aus dem Serail by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at Theater Essen, Der Cid by Theodore Gouvy at Staatstheater Saarbrucken, Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini at Theater Basel, Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti at the Komische Oper Berlin, Il barbiere di Siviglia by Giacomo Rossini at Opera Zuid, L'Enfant et les sortilèges at the Komische Oper Berlin.
For children she directed Der kleine Schornsteinfeger by Benjamin Britten (2004) and Pinocchio by Pierangelo Valtinoni (2006) at the Komische Oper Berlin and Pollicino by Hans Werner Henze (2002) at the Nationale Reisopera.
In 2001, she participated in a directing workshop by Willy Decker at La Monnaie in Bruxelles. This workshop became the starting point of her career as a director.
From 1997 till 2002, Jetske Mijnssen has worked as a director-assistant at De Nederlandse Opera, De Vlaamse Opera, Le Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Nationale Reisopera.
Jetske Mijnssen graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a master's degree in Dutch literature and poetry. Subsequently she took a four year stage-direction course at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, where she specialised in opera.