Since 2019, Jan Vandenhouwe is the artistic opera director of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen. After studying Musicology in Leuven and Berlin, he started off as an opera and music critic for De Standaard. From 2005 until 2008, he was a dramaturge at the Opéra national de Paris, where he collaborated closely with the artistic director Gerard Mortier, and where he also programmed for L’Amphithéâtre Bastille. After this, from 2009 until 2011, he was in charge of the concert programming for Concertgebouw Brugge. As a freelance (music) dramaturge, he worked on many productions of, for example, the Teatro Real (Madrid), Ensemble InterContemporain and Klarafestival. He also collaborated intensely as a dramaturge with, among others, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Così fan tutte, Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten, The Six Brandenburg Concertos) Alain Platel (C(H)OEURS, Nicht schlafen), Ivo van Hove (Macbeth, Brokeback Mountain, Salome, Boris Godunov, Don Giovanni) and Johan Simons (Don Carlos, Fidelio, Boris Godunov, Das Rheingold, Alceste). From 2015 until 2017, Jan Vandenhouwe was the chief dramaturge of the Ruhrtiennale, under the artistic direction of Johan Simons.