Florentine Klepper


Luc Hubert J. Joosten

Lecturer for opera dramaturgyDepartment Scenography
Luc Joosten (*1965 in Hasselt, Belgium) studied philosophy at the KU Leuven. After his studies, he worked in various areas of the theater world, from youth theater to opera. He was theater dramaturge in Antwerp and Ghent and chief dramaturge at Toneelhuis (Antwerp), where he also worked as a production dramaturge, e.g. E.g. in Ten Oorlog by Luk Perceval. Since 2018 he has been head of dramaturgy and a member of the artistic staff at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam. Since 1993 he has worked in the world of opera as a freelance production dramaturge for the Flemish Opera (Antwerp/Gent), De Munt (Brussels), KlangBogen / Theater an der Wien and the Neue Oper Wien. His work as a dramaturge also took him to the Dutch National Opera and the opera houses of Essen, Leipzig, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Hamburg, ENO London and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. In addition to the long-term collaboration with Guy Joosten, he has also worked with directors such as Peter Konwitschny, Michael Thalheimer, Tatjana Gürbaca, Luk Perceval, David Hermann, David Bösch, Jan Fabre, Daniel Kramer, Mariame Clement and Kornel Mundruczo, etc. From 2010 until 2018 Luc Joosten was director of dramaturgy at Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp and Ghent. Luc Joosten was a lecturer in poetics at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent and lecturer in dramaturgy at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. He taught philosophy of art, cultural trends and music and literature at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. He taught dramaturgy and theater history (in the theater design department) at the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. He was a visiting professor for dramaturgy in musical theater at the International Opera Academy (Operastudio Vlaanderen) and at the Mozarteum University. Luc Joosten regularly publishes works on opera and culture and lectures on opera in a broad and professional context. Several of the productions for which he worked as production dramaturg have received awards, including La Juive (director: Peter Konwitschny), which received the German Theater Prize Faust in 2016, and Infinite Now (Chaya Czernowin; director: Luk Perceval), which was presented by Opernwelt zur Creation of the Year 2017. The creation Les Bienveillantes (Hèctor Parra / Händl Klaus / Calixto Bieito) was nominated for the 2018 Fedora Generali Prize.