Opera "To Be Sung" Stage Directed by Jorinde Keesmaat

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May 17 and 19, 2018, the opera "To Be Sung", by Pascal Dusapin, will play at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn. The libretto was adapted by the composer from a short story by Gertrude Stein; “A Lyrical Opera Made By Two (To Be Sung). As M. Dusapin states, this is my tribute to American literature”. He continues, “To Be Sung is an ambitious piece. “I wanted to write something amniotic, extremely sensitive, that situates listening within an almost metaphysical feeling of understanding through light, that demands to be heard through the mystery of the eye.” 

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About Jorinde Keesmaat, stage director

Jorinde Keesmaat is a freelance stage director of opera performances and staged classical concerts in the Netherlands and abroad and is appointed Guest Director-in-Residence at the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York. Keesmaat was appointed Guest Director-in-Residence for the period of 2016-2018 at the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York to direct a series of four productions over a three-year period. The residency began in October 2016 with a highly acclaimed production consisting of two works by Louis Andriessen: Anaïs Nin & Odysseus’ Women. This production also took place at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam on December 9th, 2016.

The core of this 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 mentors during her residency.

Besides the four productions, the Center will also involve Jorinde in the workshops that 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 their artistic staff with the title "Guest Director in Residence."

Keesmaat creates multi-disciplinary performances that have a search for relationships between the individual spectator and the actors and musicians. Conventions as well as the established boundaries between classical concerts, opera and theatre performances have moved to the background. In addition to regular theatre and concert halls her performances regularly take place in unconventional venues..

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