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Kasper Holten

Biography

Kasper Holten in action.
Kasper Holten and Simon Keenlyside in rehearsal for Eugene Onegin © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Kasper Holten has been Director of Opera for The Royal Opera since 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.

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). His productions have also been seen in France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Russia and the USA. 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

Watch: The Roundhouse and The Royal Opera invite you to take a journey through the underworld

Watch: The Roundhouse and The Royal Opera invite you to take a journey through the underworld

17 July 2014

Michael Boyd, former artistic director of the RSC, makes his operatic debut with Orfeo.

Watch: Kiri Te Kanawa on her upcoming performance in La Fille du régiment

Watch: Kiri Te Kanawa on her upcoming performance in La Fille du régiment

18 February 2014

Legendary soprano to celebrate her 70th birthday performing in the first opera she saw at Covent Garden.

Don Giovanni to be relayed live in cinemas across the world on 12 February

Don Giovanni to be relayed live in cinemas across the world on 12 February

6 February 2014

Digital Guide contains exclusive features, films and interviews to bring you closer to the production.

Watch: Kasper Holten's Don Giovanni video diary (Episodes 1-8)

Watch: Kasper Holten's Don Giovanni video diary (Episodes 1-8)

16 January 2014

Director's diary series looks at the process behind staging an opera, with more to come.

Watch: Kasper Holten's Don Giovanni Video Diary (Episode 1)


Watch: Kasper Holten's Don Giovanni Video Diary (Episode 1)


17 December 2013

The director will give exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpses through his YouTube series.

Join Stephen Fry for Deloitte Ignite on 15 and 16 Sept

Join Stephen Fry for Deloitte Ignite on 15 and 16 Sept

13 September 2013

Verdi and Wagner explored with live radio broadcast, on-stage discussion and live streamed debate.

Photos

Rehearsals for The Royal Opera's L'Ormindo in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey, 2014

Rehearsals for The Royal Opera's L'Ormindo in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey, 2014

Kasper Holten speaking at the ROH Bridge Culture Counts conference © ROH / Brian Slater

Set Design Winner of the Tosca Design Challenge ©ROH/Mat Smith 2013

John Tomlinson with Kasper Holte, celebrating 35 years performing with The Royal Opera © ROH / Sim Canetty-Clarke 2013

Design Challenge - Kasper Holten and winner Rhona-Anne Breeze © Mat Smith/ROH 2013

Design Challenge - Kasper Holten and Mollie Gibb, winner in hair and make up design © Mat Smith/ROH 2013

Executive and artistic staff of the Royal Opera House at the 2012/13 Season launch © Elliott Franks/ROH 2012

Music Director Antonio Pappano and Director of Opera Kasper Holten © Elliott Franks/ROH 2012

Kasper Holten with members of the Royal Opera Chorus in rehearsal for Eugene Onegin © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Kasper Holten and Simon Keenlyside in rehearsal for Eugene Onegin © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Kasper Holten introduces Deloitte Ignite festival

Kasper Holten and Simon Keenlyside in rehearsals for Eugene Onegin © ROH/Bill Cooper 2013

Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten at the Our Extraordinary World Gala © Chris Shipman/ROH

Director of Opera Kasper Holten © ROH / Sim Canetty-Clarke 2011

Music Director Antonio Pappano and Director of Opera Kasper Holten © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Kasper Holten © Mikios Szabo/ROH 2011