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Director of Opera: Royal Opera House

Kasper Holten is Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

This season Kasper Holten mounts a new production of Don Giovanni for The Royal Opera House and further ahead makes his debut at Wiener Staatsoper (Idomeneo). He returns to The Royal Danish Opera (Der Freischütz) and The Finnish National Opera (Der fliegende Holländer) and his productions will also be seen in Tokyo (Die Tote Stadt) and Sydney (Eugene Onegin).

In his previous eleven years as Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera he made audiences laugh, cry and, above all, engage in a series of provocative productions ranging from Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre to Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady via Verdi’s Don Carlos and Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten. His landmark staging of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen - aka “The Copenhagen Ring” - received international acclaim following its release on DVD and is followed by his new production of Tannhäuser - both available on Decca Classics. 

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“In Kasper Holten's graceful staging, wholly audible in Christopher Cowell's English translation and with gorgeous Venetian-Oriental costumes by Anja Vang Kragh, the opera came to sparkling life.” (Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, March 2014).

“Kasper Holten’s production of Cavalli’s rom-com is a delightful spectacle which had the audience purring with pleasure and roaring its applause.” (Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, March 2014)
“Holten stages it wonderfully well. Gods descend through the ceiling, and Amidas is conned into believing that spirits erupt through the floor. The servants trade amorous indiscretions with the audience, while their masters succumb self-pityingly to the vagaries of desire. A more exquisite evening would be hard to imagine” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, March 2014)

"All this helps the film’s conviction. So does Holten’s stylistic treatment, reminiscent of the contemporary urban thriller...Holten has created a film that treats the opera with the respectful kind of disrespect that leaves the work’s core intact. " (The Times, September 2012)

“The Emperor’s Red Falcon has surely never been more convincingly done. His characterizations of the important figures of the drama were handled with a straightforward clarity that anyone without a detailed knowledge of the text would have been able to follow. In this opera that is an achievement. The staging looked beautiful, sometimes breathtaking.” (Die Frau ohne Schatten - Opera Magazine, September 2011)

“Holten’s handiwork is unimpeachable, his images memorably wrought.” (Tannhäuser - Financial Times, December 2009)

“This is a wonderful Ring to watch as well as to listen to, a must-have for Wagnerians anywhere.” (Opera Magazine, November 2008)