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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

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

18 February 2015

The Director of The Royal Ballet and Director of The Royal Opera on what they're most excited for at the upcoming gala.

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 and the Roundhouse are 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.

Posts by Kasper Holten

Ring Cycle Insights to explore themes of Wagner's masterpieces

Ring Cycle Insights to explore themes of Wagner's masterpieces

11 September 2012

Events include pieces from contemporary writers on BBC Radio 3, glimpses behind the scenes and panel discussions.

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?

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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