Janine Brogt is a dramaturge, librettist, writer, and translator. She studied acting and holds degrees in theatre studies and English literature from the University of Amsterdam. She has worked in theatre in many capacities: as a writer, dramaturge, translator, and artistic consultant for many companies, especially Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik in Hamburg, and De Kopergietery in Gent. She was artistic consultant for the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. As a dramaturge she has collaborated long years with directors: Gerardjan Rijnders, Pierre Audi, and Ivo Van Hove.
She has translated nearly 30 works, including Shakespeare, Racine, Aeschylus, O’Neille, Pinter, Büchner, and Goethe. She wrote numerous opera and ballet librettos as well as texts for musical theatre: Solid Ashes (for four different composers, including Philip Glass), Persians (composer: Boudewijn Tarenskeen), Raaff and Waiting for Miss Monroe (composer: Robin de Raaff) and Berg, a monologue performed to Lyrische Suite by Alban Berg. For the Dutch National Ballet she wrote new versions of The Firebird and Coppélia. The ballet Mata Hari with Janine Brigit’s original libretto, Ted Brandon’s choreography, and Tarik O’Regan’s music will debut in February 2016.
As an opera dramaturge she worked on The Makropulos Affair and Der Schatzgräber (Dutch National Opera), The Ring of the Nibelung (Vlaamse Opera), Idomeneo (La Monnaie), Macbeth (Opéra de Lyon), and Mazeppa (Komische Oper Berlin).
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