premiere: 25 July
27 and 30 July
1, 3, 6, 8 and 10 August
Spanga (gemeente Weststellingwerf)
Friesland, The Netherlands
Corina van Eijk studied in the directing department of the drama school (Toneelacademie) in Maastricht. After completing her studies she acted for a season in the Dutch theater circuit and in the Irma Achten films Belle and Marie Antoinette is not Dead, for which she also did the casting. She also did the casting for the cinema film Abeltje based on the book by Annie M.G. Schmidt (directed by Ben Sombogaard).
She taught acting to the voice students at the Utrecht Conservatory, where she directed her first opera, Der Schauspieldirector by Mozart.
In addition she taught students at the Academy for Expression in Kampen and the Youth Theater School of Friesland where she also directed her first film. For La Monnaie in Brussels and for the Aalto Theater in Essen she served as director’s assistant.
In 1989 Corina van Eijk founded Opera Spanga, the Verona of Weststellingwerf, staging the first opera, l’Elisir d’Amore by Donizetti.
For the National Reisopera she directed The Pearl Fishers by Bizet in 1993 and La Forza del Destino by Verdi in 1995.
In 1994 van Eijk directed Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saens in the Opera House of Nantes in France. The production in Nantes was acclaimed by the press but the audience scanned such texts as “All the Dutch are filthy!” and “Throw the director in the brig, even if she is a woman.”
For the Dutch pop group Reboelje she staged the rock opera Gysbert, Gysbert in 2003. A year later she did When Samson Met Delilah, a co-production with Nine Circles Chamber Theater in New York, which was performed in both the US and in the Netherlands.
Van Eijk is responsible for two Dutch opera feature films: Rigoletto by Verdi (2003) and Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saens (2006). The latter was presented along with the new opera Gods Videotheek in the summer of 2007 in honor of the 15 year anniversary of Opera Spanga. In the fall of 2007 she made the children’s opera Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth, a co-production with the Production House Youth Concerts of the Concertgebouw. In the spring of 2009 she directed Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann for the Netherlands Opera Studio and in the summer of the same year Strauss' Elektra in Spanga.
In 2010 she directed the opera Carmen in Delfzijl under the auspices of the IVAK and in Spanga Is This Tosca?, a one-woman opera by Francis van Broekhuizen. In 2011 she collaborated with the group Rosa Ensemble in the production of Falstaff rivisto.
At the moment she is occupied with the new opera Stuyvesant Zero by Caroline Ansink and Jonathan Levi, which will be performed in the summer of 2012, when the new opera film Donna Giovanna will also be shown.
In 2004 she received the Frisian Carnation award for her total oeuvre and in 2006 she was awarded the royal distinction of Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau.