Kasper Holten (formerly Kasper Bech Holten, born 29 March 1973) is a Danish stage director and Artistic Director. He was appointed in 2000, at age 27, to succeed Elaine Padmore, as Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera, and six years later he was still the youngest person running a European opera house.
By summer 2011 Holten took over, once again from Elaine Padmore, as Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House in London. His successor in Copenhagen would be the British director, Keith Warner.
He became internationally known for his production of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Danish Opera (released on DVD as "The Copenhagen Ring", which won the Gramophone Award in 2009 for Best DVD).
He 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. The film opened in Copenhagen in April 2011
Kasper Holten is Vice President of the Board of the European Academy of Music Theatre.
- 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.
- Norman Lebrecht, "Breaking: Royal Opera picks Dane to succeed Elaine" on artsjournal.com Retrieved 15 February 2012
- "Copenhagen Opera Mounts New `Ring' as Modern Danish Family Saga " Bloomberg, 2006
- Kasper Holten profile. Royal Opera House website.
- Juan on IMDB
- Norman Lebrecht, "First film by Covent Garden’s new opera boss", 30 March 2011 on artsjournal.com Retrieved 15 February 2012
- Richard Fairman, "In a climate like this, to play safe is the greatest risk of all", Financial Times, (London), 12 April 2013
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