Jorinde Keesmaat is appointed Guest Director-in-Residence at the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York

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Jorinde Keesmaat is appointed Guest Director-in-Residence at the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York
Jorinde Keesmaat is invited by the Center for Contemporary Opera, New York, to direct a series of four productions over a three-year period. Three works will be by Dutch composers and one work from an American composer. The residency begins in October 2016 with a production consisting of two works by Louis Andriessen: Anaïs Nin & Odysseus’ Women. This production will also take place at the Muziekgebouw aan het IJ in Amsterdam on December 9th, 2016.

The core of the three-year collaboration between CCO and Jorinde contains four fully staged opera productions. The well-known American dramaturge Cori Ellison, and composer Eric Salzman will serve as her mentor during her residency. Next to the four productions CCO involves Jorinde in the workshops who are held to develop new opera’s. She will work with American video- and costume designers and musical directors and will be directly involved in the casting of all projects. In addition to her directing responsibilities, the CCO will invite Jorinde to join the artistic staff of the Center for Contemporary Opera with the title ‘Guest Director in Residence’.

International Fast Forward Grant by Performing Arts Fund NL
To support Jorindes collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Opera, Fonds Podiumkunsten will grant Jorinde Keesmaat with the Fast Forward subsidy.
Fast Forward is a programme dedicated to make a contribution to the performing arts in the Netherlands, by stimulating knowledge building, knowledge developmend and knowledge sharing of Dutch makers in a international context.



  • Jorinde Keesmaat – stage director
  • Neal Goren – conductor
  • Ascon de Nijs – scenographer/costumes
  • Koen Bollen – dramaturge


Cast New York:

Anais Nin
Augusta Caso

Odysseus Women
Maggie Finnegin
Sharin Apostalou
Caitlin Mckechney
Nicole Mitchell


Cast Amsterdam:

Anais Nin
Reut Rivka

Odysseus Women
Katharine Dain
Lisa Willems
Bauwien van der Meer
Petra Ehrismann