Original Director
Kasper Holten



Kasper Holten served as director of this production of Don Giovanni for HGO in 2019. Holten is CEO of the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. He was previously director of opera at the Royal Danish Opera (2000-11) and at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden (2011-17). He has directed more than 85 operas, plays, musicals, and operettas. His productions have been staged in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Latvia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Russia, Argentina, Australia, the United States, and Japan, including at the world’s leading companies such as The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, and Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Some of his notable productions include Der Ring des Nibelungen (Copenhagen), Carmen (Bregenz Festival), Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni and  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Covent Garden), Der Rosenkavalier (Lyon), Idomeneo (Vienna), and Lohengrin (Berlin), as well as a number of new commissions. In 2022 he directed the season-opening gala of La Scala in Milan with Boris Godunov. Several of his productions are available on DVD. His feature film debut, Juan (2009), was an interpretation of Don Giovanni and has been shown at major film festivals around the world. Holten was knighted by HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in 2003, and she awarded him the honorary medal Ingenio et Arti in 2011.