Intendant, Opera Vlaanderen Ballet Vlaanderen
After studying musicology at the universities of Leuven and Berlin, Jan Vandenhouwe started working for the Belgian newspaper De Standaard as a music and opera critic. From 2005 to 2008, he was dramaturg of the Opéra national de Paris and worked closely with the artistic director Gerard Mortier. In those years, he was also responsible for the artistic programme of Amphithéâtre Bastille. From 2009 to 2011, he was responsible for the concert programme (of classical and contemporary music) at Concertgebouw Brugge. Since then, he has worked as a freelance music dramaturg for various organisations, including Teatro Real (Madrid), Ensemble InterContemporain (Paris) and Klarafestival (Brussels). He has also colaborated with directors such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (“Così fan tutte” in Paris, “Mitten wir im Leben sind”/Bach6Cellosuiten at the Ruhrtriennale), Alain Platel ( “C(H)OEURS” in Madrid, “nicht schlafen” at the Ruhrtriennale), Ivo van Hove (“Macbeth” in Lyon, “Brokeback Mountain” in Madrid, “Salome” in Amsterdam, “Boris Godunov” in Paris) and Johan Simons (“Fidelio” in Paris, “Boris Godunov” in Madrid, “Das Rheingold” and “Alceste” at the Ruhrtriennale). From 2015 till 2017 he was Executive Dramaturg (Chefdramaturg) at the Ruhrtriennale. Since July 2019 he is artistic director of Opera Vlaanderen (Antwerp and Ghent).