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Lysanne is a Dutch theatre and opera director, facilitator and coach, based in London. 

Her recent work includes Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for IF Opera and Tutankhamun’s Shoes for English Touring Opera.
In the upcoming season she will direct The Barber of Seville for Opera Holland Park's Young Artist production and Haydn's La Canterina for Buxton International Festival.


Lysanne's directorial debut was Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, which enjoyed a sold out run at The Arcola's Grimeborn Festival in 2019. She returned to the Arcola in 2021 with a double bill of Orfeo ed Euridice/Zanetto and was as a finalist for the OFFIES' Best Opera Production award.  


After graduation from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2013, she decided to re-kindle her love of opera through pursuing a career in directing. Her first professional role was assisting Jenny Miller at Longborough Festival Opera on Alcina in 2016. Since then, she has assisted directors such as Bruno Ravella, Julia Burbach, Lucy Bradley, Benjamin Prins, Polly Graham and John Wilkie for companies across the UK and Europe. 

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Directing credits include: Iolanta (IF Opera), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (IF Opera), La Traviata (Brent Opera), Opera Gala (Clonter Opera), Tutankhamun's Shoes (English Touring Opera), Dido & Aeneas (IF Opera), Rita (IF Opera), Double bill: Orfeo ed Euridice / Zanetto (Barefoot Opera, Finalist for 2022 OFFIES), The Tales of Hoffman (Opera Integra), Rigoletto (Brent Opera), I Capuletti e i Montecchi (Grimeborn, The Arcola), The Magic Flute (Opera Integra), Lady of Stavoren (Over the Pond Productions).

As assistant director her credits include: Der SchauspieldirektorOrphee Aux Enfers (Opera Zuid), FedoraLa Rondine (IF Opera), Little Women (Opera Holland Park), La Boheme, The Golden Cockerel, Amadigi, ETO at Home (English Touring Opera), Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, Anna Bolena, Alcina (Longborough Festival Opera), Street Scene (Koln Oper, Germany), Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Kiez Opera, Germany), Das Rheingold, The Rape of Lucretia, The Cunning Little Vixen (Grimeborn, The Arcola), Max the Brave (Britten Sinfonia).

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