Staffan Valdemar Holm, born in 1958, trained as a director at Statens Teaterskole in Copenhagen and graduated in 1988. He became one of the founders of Nyt skandinavisk Försöksteater (The New Scandinavian Experimental Theatre), the name a tribute to the theatre with the same name that Swedish playwright August Strindberg started one hundred years earlier. He formed a creative partnership with his wife, stage and costume designer Bente Lykke Möller, who has made the design for all his productions. Holm has directed theatre and opera all over the world, e.g at Det Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen, Teatro Nacional Chileno in Santiago de Chile, Volksoper in Vienna, Teatro la Abadia in Madrid and Deutsches Theater in Berlin. In Sweden he has directed at Folkoperan, Kungliga Operan in Stockholm and Malmö Dramatiska Teater for which he also was artistic leader from 1992 to 1998. At the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm he has directed Strindberg´s The Father (1997), Musset´s Don´t fool with love (1998), Chekhov´s Three Sisters (1999), Koltès´ Return to the Desert (2001), Mayenburg´s The Cold Child (2002), Swedish Nobel Prize Winner Harry Martinson´s Three Knifes from Wei (2004), Shakespeare´s Macbeth (2006). Since 2002 he is the Artistic Director of this theatre, made world famous among other things by one of his predessors as Artistic Director, Ingmar Bergman. At Kungliga Operan in Stockholm (the Royal Opera House) Holm has recently directed Wagner´s opera cycle the Ring, the fourth parth, Götterdämmerung is going to open in September 2007.