When were you first enchanted by (musical) theatre? And by what?
As a small child, I was taken to all kinds of theatre and dance performances. But when I saw the musical Les Misérables for the first time, I was completely mesmerised by the interplay of music, image and story.
Why do people sing and why don't they speak?
The voice as a reflection of our soul simply needs the music to come into its own.
What role can/should musical theatre play in today's society?
Musical theatre is a wonderful escape from reality into a world in which music, play and images challenge the imagination.
Geleen (The Netherlands)
Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam, Stanford University in California
Così fan tutte at Bolschoi Theatre in Moscow, Orphée et Eurydice at the Nederlandse Reisoper in Enschede, Juditha Triumphans at the Nationale Opera en Ballet in Amsterdam, Il trittico at the Bavarian State Opera, Così fan tutte at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Les pêcheurs de perles at Theater an der Wien, La bohème at the Glyndebourne Festival, Le nozze di Figaro at the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence
Formative collaboration with these artists
Lotte de Beer, Floris Visser, James Conway, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Paul Carr
Debut and important works at the Volksoper Wien
Resident lighting designer at the Volksoper Vienna from September 2022
Debit: Lighting Design Die Dubarry (Season 2022/23)
Further works: Jolanthe und der Nussknacker, Die letzte Verschwörung, Die Entführung aus dem Serail
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