Kasper Holten

Kasper Holten appointed Director of Opera at Royal Opera House

21 March 2011

Kasper Holten has been appointed Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House from the beginning of the 2011/12 season. He succeeds Elaine Padmore.

Announcing the appointment, Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House said: "I am thrilled that Kasper Holten is to join the senior management team.  He has done some fantastic and innovative work as a stage director and at the same time he has confirmed the Royal Danish Opera's status as a major player in the international opera world. I look forward to working with him."

Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, echoed these sentiments: "This is an enormously challenging job and Kasper's first two seasons are packed full of exciting large-scale productions."

As a director, Kasper Holten has staged more than 60 productions of opera, drama, operetta and musical theatre in his native Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, France, Austria, Latvia, USA and Russia. In 2010 he created Juan - a modern cinematic version of Mozart's Don Giovanni - seen in cinemas throughout Europe. In particular, his production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen in Copenhagen received widespread international acclaim.

Holten himself commented on the appointment: "If there is one job in the world that I cannot resist, it is this one. To work with Antonio Pappano, Tony Hall and Peter Katona in what I regard as the leading opera house of the world is an incredible opportunity for me."