Michiel Dijkema

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Michiel Dijkema © András Dijkema
© András Dijkema

Michiel Dijkema studied piano at the Utrecht University of the Arts and music theatre direction at the Berlin University of Music. He was a visiting professor at the Berlin Academy of Music and worked for the opera class in Enschede and for the Dutch National Opera Academy. He was also active as a song accompanist. He staged operas such as »Carmen«, »Pelléas et Mélisande«, »L'Orfeo«, »La Cenerentola«, »Il Barbiere di Siviglia«, »Il Turco in Italia«, »Cavalleria Rusticana«, »Pagliacci«, »Hansel and Gretel«, »The Flying Dutchman«, »Hamlet«, »The Bartered Bride«, »Faust«, »L'amour des trois oranges«, »The Magic Flute«, »Die Entführung aus dem Serail«, »Rusalka«, »A Midsummer Night's Dream«, »Tosca«, »Turandot«, »Madama Butterfly«, »Der fliegende Holländer« and »Lohengrin« in cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Enschede, Stockholm, Gelsenkirchen, Tallinn, Wiesbaden, Leipzig, Koblenz, Moscow, Zagreb, Darmstadt, Hanover, Linz, Vienna, Dresden and Reykjavík. Michiel Dijkema has won various international opera directing awards. For example, his production of »Der Fliegende Holländer« was nominated for the International Opera Awards 2022 in Madrid as part of Oper Leipzig's WAGNER22 festival.

Participates in

Orphée aux enfers – Opéra-bouffon in zwei Akten von Jacques Offenbach, Text von Hector Crémieux und Ludovic Halévy

Why do you make theatre?
 
To tell stories. There is no better place to do that than on stage.
 
Where do you feel at home?
 
My job involves a lot of long journeys. I therefore find it important to create a home for myself everywhere. But the most important home is always my Dutch home.
 
What profession would you have in a parallel universe?
 
Teacher.