Kasper Holten

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Kasper Holten (formerly Kasper Bech Holten,[1] born 29 March 1973) is a Danish stage director and arts administrator. In his early years, he served as a director's assistant to such figures as Harry Kupfer, John Cox and David Pountney.

In 2000, at age 27, Holten became artistic director of the Royal Danish Opera. His work there included a highly acclaimed production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, which was released on DVD as "The Copenhagen Ring". This DVD won the Gramophone Award in 2009 for Best DVD. He held this post until 2011. In March 2011, Holten was named the new Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and formally assumed the post in the autumn of 2011 with an initial contract of 5 years.[2] His directorial debut at Covent Garden was in February 2013.[3]

Holten is the director and writer (alongside Mogens Rukov) of Juan, a movie based on Mozart's Don Giovanni, shot in 2009 and starring Christopher Maltman and Mikhail Petrenko.[4]

Holten is Vice President of the Board of the European Academy of Music Theatre.


  1. ^ Formerly known as Kasper Bech Holten, using his wife's surname between his own given names, he gave up the usage after her early death.
  2. ^ Richard Fairman (2013-04-12). "'In a climate like this, to play safe is the greatest risk of all'". Financial Times. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  3. ^ Andrew Clements (2013-02-05). "Eugene Onegin – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  4. ^ Tim Ashley (2012-12-12). "Mozart: Don Giovanni Juan – DVD review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 

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