The new volume on Strauss’ Salome of the book series “Opernführer kompakt” (Henschel / Bärenreiter, Ann-Christine Mecke, ISBN 978-3-89487-946-4 / ISBN 978-3-7618-2413-9) has a photo of Michiel Dijkema’s much praised Salome production (opera house Wuppertal 2015) on the cover. For more information see Salome production page of this website.
The première of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (15 April 2017) at the Semperoper Dresden was  received with much enthusiasm by audience and press: “an entertaining Mozart with lots of theater and stage magic” (Sächsische Zeitung)
“very spectacular” (DNN)
“a great Entführung” (Neues Deutschland)
“tongue-in-cheek and with double meaning” (NMZ)
“a fun production with depth” (MDR Kultur)
This première was the opening production of the Mozart-days 2017. The Semperoper is celebrating the 2017 anniversary:
350 years opera in Dresden.

PREMIÈRES 2016-2017

Die Herzogin von Chicago
Theater Koblenz
première: 12 November 2016
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Semperoper Dresden
première: 15 April 2017
Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen
première: 10 June 2017


The Dutch opera stage director and set designer Michiel Dijkema studied classical piano at the Sweelinck Conservatory Amsterdam with Danièle Dechenne and at the Utrecht School of Arts with Alexander Warenberg and Alwin Bär. Subsequently he studied opera stage directing at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin. He was active as a song accompanist and studied interpretation of song with Thom Bollen in Utrecht and with Wolfram Rieger in Berlin.

Since 2006 he directed and designed, among others, Debussy
’s Pelléas et Mélisande (Dutch National Touring Opera), Bizet’s Carmen (Eisenach and Meiningen), Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Dutch National Touring Opera), Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Stockholm), Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (Rotterdam), Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Eisenach, Moscow and Tallinn), Marschner’s Der Vampyr (Amsterdam), Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia (Leipzig), Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Gelsenkirchen), Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Tallinn and Dutch National Touring Opera), Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel (Gelsenkirchen), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Wiesbaden and Antibes), Puccini’s Tosca (Leipzig), Thomas’ Hamlet (Zagreb), Gassmann’s L’Opera Seria (Hannover), Smetana’s The Bartered Bride (Wiesbaden), Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (Darmstadt), Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (Wiesbaden), Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers (Kiel), Britten’s A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hannover), Gounod’s Faust (Leipzig and Bolzano), Offenbach's La Vie Parisienne (Volksoper Vienna), Strauss’ Salome (Wuppertal), the world première of Isidora Žebeljan's Nahod Simon (Gelsenkirchen), Lehár’s Die Lustige Witwe (Linz), Kálmán’s Die Herzogin von Chicago (Koblenz) and Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Semperoper Dresden).

Michiel Dijkema won several international opera directing prizes: the second European Opera-directing Prize 2005, the first Peter-Konwitschny-Nachwuchsregiepreis for his concept of Carmen and in 2007 the Eesti Teatrikunsti Muusikalavastuste Award for his production of La Cenerentola. This award is the most important Estonian music-theatre prize. The set design of Il Barbiere di Siviglia won 2011 the first Wizard-Award in Berlin.

Michiel Dijkema lives with his wife and son near Amsterdam. He rode on his bicycle from Amsterdam to Rome, Santiago de Compostela, Venice, Vienna, London, Barcelona, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and other destinations.


PHOTO © Jochen Quast 2017
(during a rehearsal of
“Die Entführung aus dem Serail”
at the Semperoper Dresden)