Kasper Holten (born 1973) is the youngest person to ever run a national opera company and the youngest ever Director of London’s world leading Royal Opera at Covent Garden.
Kasper has directed more than 65 operas, plays, musicals and operettas around the world. His productions have been seen in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Germany, UK, Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Russia, Australia, US and Japan, including at world leading companies such as The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro alla Scala in Milan. In 2010 he directed his first feature film.
He was appointed to artistic director of the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen at age 26, and successfully oversaw the company moving into a new grand opera house in Copenhagen. In 2011 he became Director of Opera at Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London.
He is an associate professor at Copenhagen Business School and is a sought-after motivational speaker. He has been Vice President of Opera Europa for several years, and been on the Danish Arts Council for Music as well as the Danish Radio and TV Board. Kasper Holten was knighted by HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark who also presented him with the rare medal Ingenio et Arti for artistic achievements.