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Kasper Holten

Director of Opera at Royal Opera House 2011-2017


In August 2011 Kasper Holten was appointed Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London having lead the Royal Danish Opera for 11 years, and been recognised by international critics for leading the institution into the league of major opera houses in Europe.

As a stage director he knows he must make each singer deliver an outstanding and unique performance, but at the same time he must make them work within the concept of a joint vision together with their colleagues. His talks cover themes such as leadership, creativity, collaboration, innovation and talent management.

He uses tools such as storytelling, passion, inspiration and commitment to make performers go beyond their own boundaries and perform at the highest levels. The leader’s main tool for this is his personality and his ability and courage to use it.

Kaspar Holten outlines his personal vision: “Today, employees at all levels of organisations challenge the role of the leader. There is no automatic authority. The old manager is dead – and with him the management tools developed by and for him. To succeed, today’s leader demands of his employees that they are creative individuals, who challenge all dogma and routine. But as a result he might find that they act like prima donnas – and challenge the leadership as well. A new leadership must emerge. A leader must also inspire everyone in the company, from the singers and performers to the stage technicians.”

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