The Norwegian theatre and opera manager Per Boye Hansen was born in Oslo in 1957 and is the artistic director of the opera of the National Theatre and the Prague State Opera.
From 2012 to 2017 he was also artistic director of the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo.
After graduating from high school he worked as a journalist for the Norwegian daily newspapers “Dagbladet” and “Morgenbladet”. After initial studies in theatre studies at the University of Oslo, he moved to the Folkwanghochschule Essen in 1980, where he graduated in 1982 with a major in music theatre directing.
From 1984 to 1988 he was employed as assistant director at the Cologne Opera. In the eighties he was invited several times as assistant director to the Salzburg Festival.
In 1983 he founded the Oslo Summer Opera, which he directed until 1992 and which he regularly directed himself. In 1990 he founded the concert and opera agency "Oslo Arts Management" with its own concert series in cooperation with the Oslo Concert Hall.
In 2001 he ended his agency activities and moved to the Komische Oper Berlin, first as Casting Director and Artistic Director, and from 2003 as Opera Director under Andreas Homoki as Intendant. In 2005 he became director of the Bergen International Festival, which he directed until 2012.
In 2011 he was appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture as chairman of the jury for the international Ibsen Prize, a position he hold until 2018. He has been invited as a jury member for the BBC Singer of the World 2013, Opera Award 2015 and Ring Award 2017.