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Jetske Mijnssen - Photo by Marco Borggreve

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.

In the season ’15/’16 she directed Orfeo by Luigi Rossi at the Opera national de Lorraine. This production won the Grand Prix du Syndicat de la Critique 2016!

In may 2016 she directed Orlando Paladino by Joseph Haydn for Opernhaus Zuerich.

In the season ’14/’15 Jetske Mijnssen directed a deeply moving and much talked about Königskinder by Engelbert Humperdinck at the Semperoper Dresden.

In the season '13/'14 Mijnssen directed La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi at Konzerttheater Bern, Werther by Jules Massenet at Staatstheater Saarbrücken and Almira by Georg Friedrich Händel at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik.

Her production of WERTHER, which she created together with set and costume designer Ben Baur for Theater Saarbruecken, is nominated for DER FAUST 2014, in the category 'Regie Musiktheater’.

In the '11/'12 season Mijnssen directed a highly successful production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at Theater Essen.

In the season '10/'11 Mijnssen directed the world première of Der Cid by Theodore Gouvy at Staatstheater Saarbrucken and Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak at Theater Dortmund.

In the season '09/'10 she directed Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini at Theater Basel and Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti at the Komische Oper Berlin.

In the season '07/'08 she directed Gioacchino Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Zuid and Maurice Ravel's 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, Enschede.

In 2004, Jetske Mijnssen directed Die Dreigroschenoper by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht at Opera Zuid, Maastricht.

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 2001 till 2007, Jetske Mijnssen together with Solita Stucken, set designer, formed the artistic board of Opera C&F, a chamber opera company.

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 with a.o. Guy Joosten, Peter Konwitschny, Harry Kupfer and Monique Wagemakers.

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.