Royal Opera House’s Kasper Holten speaks at Walthamstow School for Girls

25 June 2015

Walthamstow School for Girls released the following press release about their wonderful talk from Kasper Holten earlier this week:

Kasper Holten, the Director for Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden visited Walthamstow School for Girls this week to speak to students in Years 7-9.

Kasper Holten, the Director for Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden speaking to students at Walthamstow School for GirlsThe students, all with an interest in the Performing Arts, listened to Mr Holten speaking about his passion for opera, which developed at the age of ten when he visited the opera in his native city Copenhagen. He went on to become Artistic Director at The Royal Danish Opera at the age of 27 and spent eleven years in that role, receiving a knighthood from the Queen of Denmark for his services to the country before coming to the United Kingdom as Director of the Royal Opera House in 2011.

Speaking of his admiration for the excitement of live performances, the courage, skill and passion of performance and his good fortune at working with the world’s greatest voices, Mr Holten convinced over 100 young people that opera is not elitist but accessible to all as he urged them to be open to the experience and visit the opera before too long or risk missing out on years of enjoyment.

After playing the girls an excerpt from an opera by Puccini to demonstrate the depths of emotion typically portrayed, Kasper Holten took a range of questions from the students.

Kasper Holten, the Director for Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden speaking to students at Walthamstow School for GirlsMr Holten’s visit was arranged by the charity “Speakers for Schools” who contacted the Headteacher, Meryl Davies, to offer the school this opportunity. Ms Davies said “Walthamstow School for Girls was tremendously excited to welcome such a prominent figure from the operatic world to our school. Many of the girls have not yet experienced a performance at the opera but Kasper’s enthusiasm will have sparked an interest among the girls, who listened intently to what he had to say and asked intelligent, relevant questions following the talk. It was a privilege to be part of the audience and I am grateful to Kasper Holten for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come to speak to our students.”

Kasper Holten visited Walthamstow after morning rehearsals in Covent Garden and returned to the Royal Opera House for a performance of Don Giovanni in the evening.

Kasper Holten, the Director for Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with students at Walthamstow School for GirlsSpeakers for Schools would like to thank Kasper Holten and Walthamstow School for Girls for making this a fantastic event!

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