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Kasper Holten

Director

Biography

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

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 for the Company. In the 2014/15 Season he directs a new production of Król Roger for The Royal Opera.

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

Orfeo: An opera of debuts and collaborations, and the young people at the heart of it

Orfeo: An opera of debuts and collaborations, and the young people at the heart of it

15 January 2015

How The Royal Opera is engaging with the next generation of artists through Monteverdi’s Orfeo, the first great opera.

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.

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