General & Artistic director: Andrew Watts

Few countertenors have pushed the boundaries of repertoire and sound more than Andrew Watts. A dramatic voice unlike any other and extraordinary stagecraft and presence make him a unique performer not only of parts traditionally associated with the voice type, but also a pioneer of 20th and 21st-century repertoire. He is associated particularly with parts like Edgar in Reiman’s Lear, which he has performed at Staatsoper Hamburg, Opéra national de Paris, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and which will take him to Teatro Real Madrid next season. As well as singing core roles of the countertenor repertoire, he has performed over 60 world premieres. Andrew Watts was IVC jury member in 2018 and gavemasterclasses during the 'IVC - Art of Singing' academy in 2023. "I am very honoured to contribute to the rich history of the IVC and thus to the cultural landscape of 's-Hertogenbosch, North Brabant and the Netherlands."

Andrew Watts - General & Artistic Director

Finance: Leonie de Bot

I have been working in the realm of arts and culture as a financial officer from 2012. I love the passion and power of creation you can find there. With the reduction of fundings, entrepreneurship and commercial thinking become increasingly vital. I like to contribute to that development.  Classical vocal music is a new world I can discover. That too is a beautiful aspect of my work.

Leonie de Bot - Financial Officer

Production Manager: Edwin Thus

I've always been very interested in different kinds of music and therefore went studying Arts and Culture Sciences at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. After an internship, I worked a couple of years for the artistic affairs department of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gergiev Festival. After that, I produced a music program (classical, world and jazz) for radio and television broadcaster RTV Rijnmond. Via several community arts musical theatre projects, opera stagings and concerts, I discovered the IVC. By now, I've worked for six competitions, multiple Summer Schools, masterclasses and laureates' concerts, and met hundreds of young singers from all over the world. That's what makes the IVC unique!

Edwin Thus - Production Manager

Director's Assistant: Ariane Hofman

A life without music is unthinkable. Although I wanted to sing, I decided to start working in the field of public relations. After ten years in the hotel industry and event organizing, I followed my heart after all and studied voice. I sang for many years; opera, oratorio and song. My path brought me to the IVC, where I've been working with utmost pleasure since 2013. Here, my working experience and love for classical singing come together. What is more beautiful than helping young, talented and hard working singers on their way to the top? The human voice keeps intriguing me. Every voice is unique. It is wonderful to be a part of the IVC team and keep discovering voices.

Ariane Hofman - Director's Assistant