Opera Zuid

Opera Zuid offers, due to the universal character of its themes and the incomparable emotional directness and impact of its pure live experience, a unique experience that will become increasingly important in the 21st century. Opera Zuid transports you to a world where time can stand still and the virtual is breathtakingly real.

Opera Zuid brings opera closer: opera that touches, amazes and raptures you, through the inexhaustible power of imagination of man. With our productions we want to contribute to the diary of the world. Tradition and innovation go hand in hand, great masterpieces from the past strike the heart of our here and now. We connect new creations with tradition and current events. We believe that the complete experience opera offers is more relevant than ever and can change our lives. Based on this conviction, we travel with opera productions that we want to share with an as large and diverse audience as possible.

Foto: Joost Milde
Foto: Joost Milde

Who is Who

Foto: Bjorn Frins
Foto: Bjorn Frins
MANAGEMENT
Waut Koeken Artistic & General Manager anouk@operazuid.nl
Rudy van Dijk Executive Producer rudy@operazuid.nl
Ton Coenen Head of Operations and Finance ton@operazuid.nl
Jurjen Toepoel Head of Public Relations and Commerce jurjen@operazuid.nl
Anouk van den Driest Management Assistant anouk@operazuid.nl
PRODUCTION
Rudy van Wijk Executive Producer rudy@operazuid.nl
Lotte Lindelauff Production Manager & Artistic Administrator productie@operazuid.nl
Joep Hupperetz Production Assistant and Dramaturge joep@operazuid.nl
TECHNOLOGY
Sylvain Smeets Technical Coordinator sylvain@operazuid.nl
Nathalie Smeets Props & Volunteer Coordinator nathalie@operazuid.nl
MARKETING & COMMUNICATION
Jurjen Toepoel Head of Public Relations and Commerce jurjen@operazuid.nl
Fanny Bartels Marketing and Communication Coordinator fanny@operazuid.nl
Leana Bekker Marketing and Communication Officer leana@operazuid.nl
Willemijn Doelman Freelance Employee Marketing and Communication willemijn@operazuid.nl
Tia Schutrups Freenlance Employee Press and Communication pers@operazuid.nl
COSTUME DEPARTMENT
Leo van den Boorn Head of Costume Department atelier@operazuid.nl
Ben van Buuren Assistent Head of Costume Department atelier@operazuid.nl
John Meertens Costume Department Assistant atelier@operazuid.nl
Anny Krutzen Costume Department Assistant atelier@operazuid.nl
OFFICE
Sophie Scarrott General Facility Assistant sophie@operazuid.nl
Mick Höfelmann Janitor mick@operazuid.nl
MANAGEMENT
Waut Koeken Artistic & General Manager anouk@operazuid.nl
Rudy van Dijk Executive Producer rudy@operazuid.nl
Ton Coenen Head of Operations and Finance ton@operazuid.nl
Jurjen Toepoel Head of Public Relations and Commerce jurjen@operazuid.nl
Anouk van den Driest Management Assistant anouk@operazuid.nl
PRODUCTION
Rudy van Wijk Executive Producer rudy@operazuid.nl
Lotte Lindelauff Production Manager & Artistic Administrator productie@operazuid.nl
Joep Hupperetz Production Assistant and Dramaturge joep@operazuid.nl
TECHNOLOGY
Sylvain Smeets Technical Coordinator sylvain@operazuid.nl
Nathalie Smeets Props & Volunteer Coordinator nathalie@operazuid.nl
MARKETING & COMMUNICATION
Jurjen Toepoel Head of Public Relations and Commerce jurjen@operazuid.nl
Fanny Bartels Marketing and Communication Coordinator fanny@operazuid.nl
Leana Bekker Marketing and Communication Officer leana@operazuid.nl
Willemijn Doelman Freelance Employee Marketing and Communication willemijn@operazuid.nl
Tia Schutrups Freenlance Employee Press and Communication pers@operazuid.nl
COSTUME DEPARTMENT
Leo van den Boorn Head of Costume Department atelier@operazuid.nl
Ben van Buuren Assistent Head of Costume Department atelier@operazuid.nl
John Meertens Costume Department Assistant atelier@operazuid.nl
Anny Krutzen Costume Department Assistant atelier@operazuid.nl
OFFICE
Sophie Scarrott General Facility Assistant sophie@operazuid.nl
Mick Höfelmann Janitor mick@operazuid.nl

History

For many years, Opera Zuid’s various departments occupied four locations across Maastricht; the offices were on the Wilhelminasingel, the costume studio people worked from a former school in the Malpertuis district, the set and props depot was on the other side of the city, and rehearsals took place in the former Crosier Monastery, a fifteenth-century complex that today is a luxury hotel of renowned hotelier Camille Oostwegel. When the Municipality of Maastricht sold the Crosier complex, a small church on Sterrenplein served as a replacement until rehearsals moved to the former Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Malpertuis in October 2003. Opera Zuid’s offices also moved to the Malpertuis Church annexe in April 2004, and the costume workshop followed a few months later.

The Municipality of Maastricht purchased Malpertuis Church and annexe in March 2001. The Diocese welcomed the proposal to house Opera Zuid in the church and annexe. The Municipality was obliged to provide a single accommodation for all of Opera Zuid’s departments, so this location was offered after a feasibility study. The annexe’s temporary tenant, Reinaert Clinic, found alternative premises, after which the Malpertuis Church was renovated and ready for its first rehearsals in October 2003.

Since then, the church’s many broken stained-glass windows have been repaired and double glazing installed to prevent noise pollution. The courtyard’s new building is a set-design studio and storage depot.

In 1966, the architect Jean Huysmans and the artist Albert Troost worked on a unique partnership for a figurative and abstract stained-glass window for the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Malpertuis, Maastricht. The four church walls form a coherent ensemble. The altar side honours the hand of creation, the emerging circle of the Sun (the north-east wall), and birds fly towards the Earth represented on the adjacent wall (south-east side). The first people take shelter, and the first drama takes place. Opposite, the wall of the non-earth (north-west) are floating oversized evangelical symbols. The waking angel (south-west wall), with its wing stretched across the entire wall, closes the square.

Foto: Bjorn Frins

Supervisory Board

Chairman Mr. mr. J.F.M. Heuvelmans
Treasurer Mrs. G.M.J.M. Stratermans AA
Secretary Mrs. P.J.M.G. Blanksma-van den Heuvel
Boardmember Mr. mr. L.B. Langevoort
Boardmember Mr. Arthur van Dijk
Boardmember Mrs. S. Goetgeluk
Ere-voorzitter Mr. dr. ir. H.P.M. Kivits
Chairman Mr. mr. J.F.M. Heuvelmans
Treasurer Mrs. G.M.J.M. Stratermans AA
Secretary Mrs. P.J.M.G. Blanksma-van den Heuvel
Boardmember Mr. mr. L.B. Langevoort
Boardmember Mr. Arthur van Dijk
Boardmember Mrs. S. Goetgeluk
Ere-voorzitter Mr. dr. ir. H.P.M. Kivits

Mr. mr. J.F.M. Heuvelmans / chairman since 01-12-2020

Functions:

Lawyer, BG.legal

 

Additional positions:

Chairman Business Consultation Tilburg Region

Board member VNO-NCW Midden-Brabant

Member of the Advisory Board of Unipartners Tilburg

Member of the Supervisory Board of the Spiegelglas Fund

Member KoBra Tilburg

 

Mrs. G.M.J.M. Stratermans AA / treasurer since 24-10-2019

Functions:

Accountant ZIJ-SPAN B.V.

 

Additional positions:

Member of the Supervisory Board of Huis voor de Kunsten Limburg

 

Mrs. P.J.M.G. Blanksma-van den Heuvel / Boardmember since 01-11-2018

Functions:

Mayor of Helmond

 

Additional positions:

Member of the Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution for Performance Agreements in the Housing Act

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of NIBUD (National Institute for Budget Information)

Chairman of the Insurer Assessment Foundation

Member of the Supervisory Board of DITSS (Dutch Institute for Technology, Safety & Security)

Member of the Board of Directors of Flemish-Dutch Huis deBuren

Member of the National Veterans Day Committee

 

Mr. Mr. L.B. Langevoort / member since 01-07-2017

Functions:

Intendant of the Cologne Philharmonic

Director of KölnMusik GmbH

Director AchtBrücken GmbH

 

Additional positions:

Member of the Kuratorium European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg

President of the European Concert Hall Organization, Brussels

Member Beirat Deutsche Orchester Stiftung, Berlin

Member Beirat Conductors Forum Deutsche MusikRat Projekt GmbH, Bonn

Vice Chairman Deutsche Konzerthauskonferenz

Member Beirat Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Frankfurt

Member of the Supervisory Board Liz Mohn Kultur- und Musikstiftung, Berlin / Gütersloh

Member of the Kuratorium Rheinland Common Purpose Deutschland GmbH, Cologne

Member of the Kuratorium Ensemble Musikfabrik, Köln

Member Kuratorium Landes Jugend Ensembles der Landesmusikrat NRW, Düsseldorf

Chairman Beirat Kultur City Marketing Köln e.V., Köln

Member Kuratorium KölnAlumni – Universität zu Köln

Member Beirat Kuratorium KölnMusik e.V., Köln

Treasurer of the Supervisory Board ON – Neue Musik Köln e.V., Köln

Chairman of the Kuratorium Orchesterakademie GürzenichOrchester Köln, Köln

Chairman of the Supervisory Board Planet Kultur e.V., Köln

Member of the Kuratorium Verein der Freunde und Förderer der Rheinische Musikschule, Köln

Member of the Supervisory Board of Zentral Dombau-Verein Köln

 

Mr. Arthur van Dijk / Boardmember since 28-05-2020

Function:

Director Raad en Daad – Art and Culture in transition

 

Additional positions:

Member of the Supervisory Board of Kunstloc Brabant (since 2019)

Member of the Supervisory Board of Cultuurmij Oost (since 2015)

Advisor Culture Memorandum 2017-2020 and 2021-2024, Municipality of Utrecht

 

Mrs. S. Goetgeluk / Boardmember since 18-03-2021

Function:

CEO Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo

 

Ancillary positions (unpaid):

– Sustainable Food Initiative Board (chair)

– Board of Greenports Nederland (member of the executive board)

– Ambassador of the South Netherlands Philharmonic

 

Mr. ir. H.P.M. Kivits / Honorary Chairman

 

You can view the retirement schedule here

You can view the annual reports for 2019 and 2020, as well as the Code Governance Culture here