Waut KOEKEN, stage director
Born in Belgium, Waut Koeken (1975) studied Art History at the Ghent University and Philosophy at the Universities of Antwerp and Louvain. He trained in a wide range of theatrical professions. His first fullscale production, De Toverfluit, an adaptation for children (in French, Dutch and German) of Mozart’s Zauberflöte, created for Zomer-Opera Alden-Biesen, led to invitations by La Monnaie, the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and the Flanders Opera.
He was subsequently assigned by the Flanders Opera and the Grand Théâtre Luxembourg to adapt and direct Nino Rota’s fairytale opera Aladino e la lampada magica for children. A remake of this production was presented at the Opéra National du Rhin (Strasbourg) and revived at the Opera House of Lausanne.
Engagements over the past years included the world premiere of La Strada, an opera based on Fellini's movie, by the awardwinning Flemish composer Luc Van Hove, for the Flanders Opera in Antwerp and Ghent, L’Île de Tulipatan and Bataclan (J. Offenbach) at Wiener Kammeroper, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (O. Nicolai) at Theater Erfurt ; Fledermaus (co-production with the Opera House of Nürnberg and Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg) ; Barbe-Bleue (J. Offenbach) for Operazuid Maastricht (NL) and Entführung aus dem Seraïl at Opéra du Rhin, Strasbourg.
October 2011, Waut Koeken directed the world première of Claude Lenners’ opera Der Turm, that was commissioned by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxemburg and Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg. With Die Feen by Richard Wagner, adapted for young audience, he made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in March 2012. The production is meanwhile released on DVD.
More recently he directed the creation of the French version of Blanche-Neige an opera for children by the German composer Marius Felix Lange. It premiered at Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg and revived at Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, Paris (2013). The Opera House of Saint-Etienne (FR) invited him to direct La Princesse de Trébizonde a rather unknown work by Jacques Offenbach, meanwhille revived at the Opera House of Limoges.
He made his Canadian debut at the Opera House of Edmonton, directing Salome (R. Strauss). And, reviving his Barbe-Bleue-production, he made his debut at the Opera Houses of Nancy, Nantes, Angers and Rennes. At the demand of the so called Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg he realised a staged version of Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch.
For his internationally largely applauded La vie parisienne (Offenbach) made for Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg earned him nominations as "Director of the year" awarded by the magazine Opernwelt (2015). Amongst his most recent production : La Bohème co-produced by Operazuid Maastricht and Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.
Upcoming he will revive his La vie Parisienne at the Opera House of Lausanne, La Bohème at Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg and Blanche-Neige at Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg.
Future productions will include major titels by Verdi, Offenbach and Mozart. More information to be published in due course.
CV-update : September 2016
(please contact the agency to get the most recent version of Waut Koekens biography).
|>> Aladdin (Nino Rota)||>> L'île de Tulipatan & Ba-ta-clan||>> La Strada (Luc Van hove)||>> Die Feen (Wagner)|
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