Danish stage director Kasper Holten was appointed Director of Opera for The Royal Opera at Covent Garden in 2011. An acclaimed director of opera and theatre, he has directed more than 70 productions, including an award-winning Ring cycle for Royal Danish Opera. He has worked in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Austria, Russia, Japan, Australia and the US. 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. He studied comparative literature and 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 and opening of Copenhagen’s new opera house. Significant productions have included Die Frau ohne Schatten and Tannhäuser (Copenhagen), Le Grand Macabre (San Francisco), 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 feature film Juan, released worldwide. He has received a knighthood (2003) and a medal Ingenio et Arti (2011) from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
He is an Associated Professor at Copenhagen Business School, is Vice-Presdient of Opera Europa and has been a member of the Danish Arts Council for Music and the Danish Television and Radio Council.
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.