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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, L’Ormindo 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. Productions have included Idomeneo (Vienna State Opera), Der Freischütz, 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 is Vice-President of Opera Europa, an association of European opera houses and festivals. 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.

The position of Director of Opera is generously supported by Dr Genevieve Davies.

Videos

News and features

Watch: The Art of Directing – 'You're very powerful and then ultimately you can do nothing'

Watch: The Art of Directing – 'You're very powerful and then ultimately you can do nothing'

3 February 2016

Three directors from the world of opera, theatre and film discuss their craft and its challenges.

Five singers to join Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2016

Five singers to join Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2016

22 January 2016

The search for the opera stars of tomorrow saw entries from 50 countries around the world.

Director of Opera Kasper Holten to leave The Royal Opera in March 2017

Director of Opera Kasper Holten to leave The Royal Opera in March 2017

9 December 2015

The search for his successor will begin in the New Year.

Posts by Kasper Holten

Small adjustments made to production of <em>Guillaume Tell</em>

Small adjustments made to production of Guillaume Tell

5 July 2015

The scene that caused some concern at the opening night has not changed in its essence.

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.

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