Employees

Curious to discover who is working behind the scenes of the Vlaamse Opera? Check all our employees, classified by department.

Board of Directors

board of directors Roger Claeys
  Paul Cools
  Lieven Decaluwe
  Jan De Groof
  André Gantman
  Philip Heylen
  Luc Jansegers
  Freya Poppe
  Annick Schramme
  Peter Vandamme
  Kiki Vervloesem
  Frank Van Massenhove
  Mieke Van Nuland
  Cindy Van Paesschen
government-appointed directors Stefaan De Ruyck
  Andries Gryffroy
extra members General Meeting Frank Beke
  Peter Bellens
  Bram Bombeek
  Willy Claes
  Bert Corluy
  Jozef Dauwe
  Miet De Bruyn
  Miet Deckers
  Leona Detiège
  Mario Maes
  Mieke Offeciers
  Inge Schoups

Executive committee

General Manager Vlaamse Opera/Koninklijk Ballet Vlaanderen Lena De Meerleer
assistant to the general manager Els Agten
artistic director Vlaamse Opera Aviel Cahn
artistic director Koninklijk Ballet Vlaanderen Assis Carreiro

Artistic direction

artistic director Aviel Cahn
assistant to the artistic director Ise Donckers
deputy artistic director Jochen Breiholz

Dramaturgy

chief dramaturgist Luc Joosten
dramaturgists Piet De Volder
  Anne-Mie Lobbestael
press officer Wilfried Eetezonne
coordinator social and educational services Josephine Schreibers
coordinator supertitles Simen Van Mechelen

Artistic planning

deputy artistic director Jochen Breiholz
manager planning Wim Van Brussel
artistic coordinator Catharina Wüst
artistic planning and productions Steven Verachtert
house assistant director Marcos Darbyshire
stage managers Nico Declerck
  Liesbeth Koeken
  Hans Wils

Musical department

chief conductor Dmitri Jurowski
chorus master Jan Schweiger
manager chorus & orchestra Guido Spruyt
assistant manager chorus & orchestra Gerda Van den Heuvel
head of musical rehearsals Jef Smits
repetiteurs Petros Bakalakos
children's chorus Hendrik Derolez
secretariat orchestra & chorus Hildegard Kennivé
Henri Oger
chorus co-ordinator Jan De Bie
orchestra co-ordinators Frank Claes
Didier Van Acker
orchestra porter Matthijs Verstegen
children's chorus co-ordinator Elisabeth Druwé
music library Jean Delouvroy
  Hendrik Derolez
  (Cesar Willekens)

Soloist ensemble

  Gevorg Grigoryan
  Mirella Hagen
  Marija Jokovic
  Michael J. Scott

Orchestra

violin I Marian Taché (concertmeester)
  Katelijne Vinkeroye
  Carol Minor
  Blanca Stella Parra Arbelaez
  Ann Vancoillie
  Marjan Gils
  Inge Hermans
  Sarah Loubry
  Renate Podratzky
  Selma Selleslags
  Alwin Wauters
violin II Leonid Kerbel
  Fabrice Dambrin
  Reinilde Leyers
  Inge Walraet
  Miguel Becerra
  Ivo Dobrev
  Se-Yun Lee
  Mikolaj Turschmid
  Justyna Piasecka
  Leonie Bot
viola Béatrice Derolez
  Traudi Helmberger
  Johan Arnout
  Luc Fierens
  Peter Hogerheijde
  Metodi Poumpalov
  Els Van Geendertaelen
  Rossitsa Veleva
cello Jadranka Gasparovic
  NN
  Hans-Ludwig Becker
  Muriel Bialek
  Thomas Frühauf
  Christoph Gerlach
  Greet Gils
  Jan Van Passen
  contrabas
  Aykut Dursen
  Johan Leyers
  Guy Lauweryssens
  Ion-Horia Vladila
  Katharina von Ahn
flute Melanie Roosken
  Francis Poskin
  Benedikt Boelens
oboe Arie van der Beek
  Marleen Gorgon
  NN
clarinet Fang Song
  Eric Hardyns
  Marc Foets
bassoon Rémy Roux
  Emilya Zinko
  Daniel Demoustiez
horn Mieke Decoster
  Alex Van Aeken
  Steven Stas
  Dries Geeraert
trumpet Didier Petit
  Tom Seynaeve
  Luc Goeman
trombone Mark Weinel
  Joost Deryckere
  Joris Renders
tuba Frank Vantroyen
percussion Roel Vanderspikken
harp Arielle Valibouse

Chorus

soprano Christa Biesemans
  Amy Bullard
  Beatrijs Desmet
  Fazila Hadzifejzovic
  Nam Hee Kim
  Rachael McCall
  Deborah Mc Clung
  Sarah Nicholson
  Min Pauwels
  Ginette Quartier
  Chia-Fen Wu
  Nicola Mills
alto Greetje Borst
  Dorothée Christophe
  Martine De Winter
  Myriam Hordies
  Birgit Langenhuysen
  Cathia Lardeau
  Lieve Monbaliu
  Judy Rust
  Els Van Daele
  Vera Van Melckebeke
tenor Stephan Adriaens
  Rudy Bakeland
  Ronny Demetsenaere
  Maarten Heirman
  Jaap Hoekstra
  Vesselin Ivanov
  Edward Lucero
  Gregory MacLeod
  Davy Smets
  Michel Van Goethem
  Emanuel Vanden Berghe
  Hugo Vanheertum
bass Patrick Cromheeke
  Fabrice Deroo
  Thomas Mürk
  Jung-Kun Oh
  Onno Pels
  Marc Raes
  Miguel Torres
  Thierry Vallier
  Patrick Van Compernolle
  Guido Verbelen
  (Alexander Bratkowski)

Administration

prevention adviser Patrick Claessens
legal expert Michaël Van den Eynde
   
finance manager Luc Kerstens
accounts Lutgarde Himschoot
  Krelis Houbrechts
  Linda Raeymakers
  Liliane Verluyten
sponsoring and commercial operations manager Inge Vekeman
sponsoring and commercial operations assistant Véronique De Maeght
sponsoring and commercial operations assistant Annelies Laureys
   
PR & marketing manager Wim Van Bree
co-ordinator promotion Catherina Matthys
copywriter Chris Van Camp
online communication and marketing Marjolein Craens
graphic designer Sang Vandenbosch
employees box office Antwerp Ines Van Acker
  Caroline Van Roost
employees box office Ghent Marie-Christine Hallaert
  Claudine Morant
welcome & theatre staff Antwerp co-ordinator Greet De Ridder
welcome & theatre staff Antwerp assistant co-ordinator Els Vandewalle
welcome & theatre staff Ghent co-ordinator Marc Hillewaere
welcome & theatre staff Ghent assistant co-ordinator Anne Vanholme
attendants Antwerp Tijs Bonner
  Martha Bosschaerts
  Liesbeth Bral
  Thomas Bral
  Nele Ceustermans
  Romina De Clopper
  Pravda De Moreno
  Stefanie de Vos
  Louise Dias
  Phoebe Dobbelaere
  Amitis Doustdar
  Kourosch Doustdar
  Evi Engels
  Robin Engels
  Lieven Goossens
  Alexia Gullotto
  Anaïs Gullotto
  Sidney Helsen
  Jill Jacobs
  Laura Janssens
  Marieke Janssens
  Winnie Monsieur
  Peter Pask
  Gilles Pinseel
  Daniël Sterckx
  Dimitri Stevens
  Arno Talboom
  Esther Tersago
  Wim Van Aerschot
  Peter Van Bosstraeten
  Johan Van den Mooter
  Joos Van Goethem
  Hannah Van Lith
  Carmen Van Mechelen
  Kundry Van Mechelen
  Jochen van Olmen
  Dennis Verdonck
  Annelies Vrebos
attendants Ghent Sven Boel
  Aki Bollengier
  Jeroen De Brauwer
  Pieter De Clercq
  Viviane De Donder
  Valentine De Meester
  Hadewig De Saar
  Myriam Demonie
  Christian Fojtek
  Tobias Hermans
  Mien Maes
  Petra Meyns
  Wietske Rencken
  Wietse Tanghe
  Maxime Uytterhaeghe
  Anne-Victoire Van De Keckhove
  Leslie Van Den Meersschaut
  Natalie Van Gelder
  Leni Van Goidsenhove
  Simon Van Parys
  Victor Van Rossem
  Laura Van Semmertier
  Leo Vansteenkiste
  Hilde Van Wambeke
  Alisa Vekeman
  Clara Vermaercke
  Leib Wenge
  Henri Wuyts
tour guides Antwerp and Ghent Piet Convents
  Fred Meersman
  Tanguy Ottomer
  Ria Snykers
  Hendrik Van Eycken
  An Van Houtte
  Paul Van de Voorde
  Jeanine Van Zeeland
   
HR-manager Nick Cuyvers
HR & Payroll Officer Dirk Nauwelaers
HR & Payroll Officer Jolanta Majewska
HR & Payroll Officer Grietje D'Hollander
HR Officer Kristien Van Diest
   
driver Ludo Geeraerts

Technical department

Technical management

technical director Luc Van Loon
deputy technical director Jan Kuppens
assistant technical director Eric Smets
technical production leaders Wietse Bovri
  Ronald De Clopper
  Kjell Peersman
assistant technical production leaders Mieke Vanderhaeghen
  Sophie Vrielynck
technical graphics Alexandra Houbrechts
  Bert Serneels
department head technical support Frans Meynendonckx
deputy department head technical support Patrick Achtergaele

Costume department

department head Cees Janssens
supervisors costume production Mieke Correas
  Chris Janssens
  Veerle Van den Wouwer
supervisor costume storage & dressers Frederique Dauwe
assistant costume storage & dressers Krisje Biegel
1st fitter men Inge Bruylandt
1st fitter women Lotte Payer
employees costume department Eva Beys
  Sylvie Borremans
  Noëlla Creyf
  Marijke Debelie
  Azzura Janssen
  Griet Keersmaekers
  Sylvia Luyckx
  Anna Naudts
  Annick Nobels
  Françoise Van Bruaene
  Sara Van Meer
  Miet Van Stichel
  Greta Wiggers
  Freya Wygaerden
  Anke Apers

Set department

department head Alain De Coster
deputy department head Luc Lasseel
employees set workshop Peter Vanassche
  Barbara Vackier
  Nico Lammens
  Peter Le Loup
  Marc Maes

Props department

department head Erlinde Peeters
deputy department head Wouter Janssens
employees props Rani Grégoire
  Sammy Lormans
   

Wigs & make-up

department head Christophe De Wachter
deputy department head Nadia Schelfhout
employee Ine Ramakers

Stage technique

department head Gino Jacobs
deputy department head Peter Mous
  Peter Schillewaert
technical support and planning Franky De Winne
stage technicians Huseyin Altunbay
  Bram Deheyder
  Thomas Desmet
  Marcoen Dolhain
  Jean-Pierre Verkimpe
  Johan Weber
  Tom Van Cauwenberge
driver Eddy Willaert
stage technicians Marc Alen
  Roel Bouquet
  Remco Bovri
  Dirk De Paepe
  Stijn De Wael
  Gaetan Favier
  Nathalie Janssens
  Jan Quasters
  Bjorn Petry
  Stefaan Van Akoleyen
  Stijn Van Buggenhout
  Kurt Van Vlem
  Ria Vandoren
  NN
  NN
  NN

Lighting/sound/video

department head Glen D’haenens
deputy department head Stefan Geudens
  Ivan Munro
technical support Dirk Minnebo
lighting technicians Sanne Achterhof
  Robin Baelemans
  Stefaan De Strooper
  Nicolas Moens
  Bart Verlaenen
specialist video/lx Stefan Van Den Eede
  Evelien Vandenboer
specialist audio Jonathan Balthussen
  Willem De Rijdt
specialist special effects Eric Geirnaert
lighting technicians Lino De Backer
  Muriël Derden
  Caroline Pauwels
  Jan Vereecken
  NN

General and technical services

department head Jan Kuppens
assistant department head Ria Wiewauters
deputy department head Antwerp Abdelaziz Akarom
employees Antwerp Patrick Bessems
  Gert Marschang
  Bruno Van Dijck
deputy department head Ghent Johan Schillewaert
employees Ghent David Cremers
  Bart d’Haene
  Kristof De Busscher
  Stijn Schollaert
  Kenneth Nielsen
  (Arnold Uvin)
welcome & reception Antwerp Marie-Christa Hallemans
  Marcus Verbeeck
welcome & reception Ghent Evi Pletinck
  Sabine Wante
  (Godelieve Van de Sompel)
cleaners Antwerp Nicole Schuurmans
  Rosita Van De Weyer
cleaners Ghent Brenda Alluyn
  Myriam De Bosschere
canteen employees Antwerp Rika Couvreur
  Ann De Kinder
canteen employees Ghent Hans Beeckman
  Inge Vandekerckhove

Situation Septembre 2012