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Kasper Holten

Director

Biography

Kasper Holten in action.
Kasper Holten in rehearsal for Król Roger, The Royal Opera © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Danish director Kasper Holten was appointed Director of Opera for The Royal Opera in 2011. An acclaimed director of opera and theatre, he has directed more than 65 productions, including an award-winning Ring cycle for Royal Danish Opera. He made his directorial debut at the Royal Opera House with Eugene Onegin in 2013 and has since directed Don Giovanni and Król Roger for the Company.

Holten was born in Copenhagen in 1973. His passion for opera began at the age of nine after he saw a performance of Carmen. He trained by assisting directors such as Harry Kupfer, John Cox and David Pountney. He was appointed artistic director of Royal Danish Opera in 2000 at the age of 27, a post he held for 11 years. In 2005 he supervised the company’s relocation to a new theatre. Significant productions have included Die Frau ohne Schatten, Tannhäuser and Le Grand Macabre (Copenhagen), Lohengrin (Deutsche Oper Berlin) and Béatrice et Bénédict and Le nozze di Figaro (Theater an der Wien). In 2010 he adapted Don Giovanni for cinema in his film Juan, released worldwide. He has received a knighthood (2003) and a medal Ingenio et Arti (2011) from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

At the Royal Opera House, Holten is devoted to promoting new operatic commissions both on the main stage and in the Linbury Studio Theatre, and to introducing more new productions and increasing the variety of production styles seen at the Royal Opera House.

Videos

News and features

<em>Guillaume Tell</em>: A response to recent debate and discussion

Guillaume Tell: A response to recent debate and discussion

1 July 2015

Read a joint response from Alex Beard, Antonio Pappano and Kasper Holten.

The finale mystery: Ending <em>Don Giovanni</em>

The finale mystery: Ending Don Giovanni

11 June 2015

Mozart’s masterpiece has more than its fair share of alternative endings.

The Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015 open for voting

The Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015 open for voting

10 June 2015

The online publication announces winners of six different categories of opera each week, voted for by its readers

Posts by Kasper Holten

The ultimate VIP pass: Go above and below, as well as backstage, at The Royal Opera

The ultimate VIP pass: Go above and below, as well as backstage, at The Royal Opera

8 July 2014

Our new interactive experience allows you to see parts of the ‘Opera Machine’ usually hidden from audiences.

The Royal Opera Chorus and Plácido Domingo to make their West End LIVE debut this weekend

The Royal Opera Chorus and Plácido Domingo to make their West End LIVE debut this weekend

20 June 2014

Come and hear great choral moments from opera for free in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 21 June 2014.

The Royal Opera in review: A look back on 2013 from Kasper Holten

The Royal Opera in review: A look back on 2013 from Kasper Holten

30 December 2013

The Director of Opera picks out his highlights of the year. Do you agree?

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