Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season directing The Diary of One Who Disappeared in the Linbury Theatre.
Van Hove is General Director of International Theatre Amsterdam (former Toneelgroep Amsterdam) since 2001. He was artistic director of the Holland Festival from 1998 to 2004. His productions tour all over the world including to the Edinburgh Festival, the Barbican, the Ruhrtriennale, Vienna Festival, Seoul, Sydney, Buenos Aires, New York and Festival d’Avignon. Works Van Hove has directed include Angels in America, a staged version of Yanagihara’s A Little Life, Shakespeare’s Roman tragedies and Kings of War, Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage, Schiller’s Mary Stuart and Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. Other selected credits include A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic, Network and Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre, Visconti’s Obsession at the Barbican, and productions for Schaubühne Berlin, Paris’s Théâtre de l’Odéon and Comédie-Française and on Broadway. With David Bowie and Enda Walsh he created Lazarus. Van Hove’s opera credits include The Makropulos Case and Salome for Dutch National Opera, Boris Godunov and Don Giovanni for Paris Opéra, the world premiere of Brokeback Mountain for Teatro Real, Madrid, Macbeth for Opéra de Lyon, La clemenza di Tito and Idomeneo for La Monnaie, Brussels, and Mazepa for Komische Oper Berlin.
His productions have won Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk awards, and many awards in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. He is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, received the Flemish Culture Prize for Overall Cultural Merit (2015) and has been made a Commander of the Order of the Crown by King Filip of Belgium.