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Kasper Holten

Biography

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.

Upcoming productions

  • Król Roger

    Kasper Holten presents a new production of Szymanowski's sumptuously scored meditation on identity and desire, King Roger.

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  • Don Giovanni

    ROH Director of Opera Kasper Holten directs a mesmerizing reading of Mozart’s tragicomedy.

    credited with Director

Videos

News and features

  1. 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

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

  2. 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

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

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

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

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

  4. Join Stephen Fry for Deloitte Ignite on 15 and 16 Sept

    Join Stephen Fry for Deloitte Ignite on 15 and 16 Sept

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

  5. ‘Being Director of Opera is like managing Manchester United’: Kasper Holten on the 2013/14 Season

    ‘Being Director of Opera is like managing Manchester United’: Kasper Holten on the 2013/14 Season

    Director of Opera gives hints about Les Vêpres siciliennes and talks about his new production of Don Giovanni.

  6. Watch: Kasper Holten on Gloriana

    Watch: Kasper Holten on Gloriana

    The Director of The Royal Opera on Richard Jones’s new production.

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Most recent productions

  1. L'Ormindo
  2. Don Giovanni
  3. Eugene Onegin