Accessibility links


Sign In
  • Home
  • News
  • 2013/14 Opera and Music Season announced

2013/14 Opera and Music Season announced

New productions, new work and visiting companies alongside classics at the Royal Opera House.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

13 March 2013 at 11.25am | 83 Comments

Details of The Royal Opera’s 2013/14 Season have been announced.

Watch Kasper Holten’s preview of the Season, including his highlights:

The Season sees seven new productions on the Main Stage including new productions of Parsifal, Les Vêpres siciliennes, and Die Frau ohne Schatten to celebrate milestone anniversaries of Wagner, Verdi and Strauss respectively. Other new Main Stage productions include Don Giovanni from Kasper Holten and Manon Lescaut from Jonathan Kent.

Director of Opera Kasper Holten says: ‘There is a wealth of talent here next Season. I’m sure you’ll be able to find many different things that could be for you’.

As well as new work, the 2013/14 Season also features a host of classic productions including Turandot, Le nozze di Figaro, Faust, and Carmen.

The 2013/14 Season sees the programme of the Linbury Studio Theatre integrated into The Royal Opera with new works including How the Whale Became (based on a collection of stories by Ted Hughes) and The Wasp Factory, an adaptations of the novel by Iain Banks. In total five new commissions and two UK premieres will be staged in the Linbury.

‘It’s really exciting for us to be able to programme not just for the Main Stage, but for the Linbury where we can do more innovative work: things that we think will move opera forward,’ says Kasper.

Visiting companies include English Touring Opera, Music Theatre Wales, The Opera Group and Welsh National Opera.

Live cinema relays during the Season include Turandot, Les Vêpres siciliennes, Parsifal, Don Giovanni and Manon Lescaut. We are very grateful to Bank of America Merrill Lynch for supporting the Royal Opera House Cinema Season.

Star names performing at Covent Garden over the coming Season include Bryn Terfel, Anna Netrebko, Angela Gheorghiu, Simon Keenlyside, Elina Garanca and Joseph Calleja.

Watch our 2013/14 Season trailer:

What are you most excited for over the 2013/14 Season?

Details of the full 2013/14 Season:

Giacomo Puccini
Dir: Andrei Serban
Cond: Henrik Nánási (Sept) / Nicola Luisotti (Feb, Mar)

Andrei Serban’s staging of Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama.


  • Turandot - Lise Lindstrom (Sept) / Iréne Theorin (Feb; Mar)
  • Altoum - Alasdair Elliott
  • Timur - Raymond Aceto (Sept) / Matthew Rose (Feb; 4 Mar), Kurt Rydl (7, 10 Mar)
  • Calaf - Marco Berti (Sept) / Alfred Kim (Feb; Mar)
  • Liù - Eri Nakamura (Sept) / Ailyn Pérez (Feb; Mar)
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

9 | 12 | 17 †| 19 | 24 September
14 | 21 (mat) | 28 September
17 | 20 | 25 | 28 February
4 | 7 | 10 March
†Live cinema relay


Le nozze di Figaro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dir: David McVicar
Cond: John Eliot Gardiner

Revolution is in the air in David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s glorious comedy.


  • Figaro - Luca Pisaroni (Sept; Oct) / Alex Esposito (May)
  • Susanna - Lucy Crowe (Sept; Oct) / Camilla Tilling (May)
  • Cherubino - Renata Pokupic (Sept; Oct) / Anna Bonitatibus (May)
  • Count Almaviva - Christopher Maltman (Sept; Oct) / Gerald Finley (May)
  • Countess Almaviva - Maria Bengtsson (Sept; Oct) / Sally Matthews (May)
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

16 | 18 | 21 | 25 | 27 September
2 | 4 | 7 October
2 | 5 | 7 | 10 (mat) | 15 May


Richard Strauss
Dir: Charles Edwards
Cond: Andris Nelsons

A daughter’s grief turns to bloody revenge in Charles Edwards’s production of Strauss’s most daring opera.


  • Elektra - Christine Goerke
  • Chrysothemis - Adrianne Pieczonka
  • Klytämnestra - Michaela Schuster
  • Orest - Iain Paterson
  • Ägisth - John Daszak
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

23 | 26 September
1 | 6 | 9 | 12 October


The Wasp Factory (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
Ben Frost
Dir: Ben Frost / Lib: David Poutney based on The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Opera with a sting in the tail: Iain Banks’s cult novel is transformed into gripping music theatre byelectro-acoustic composer Ben Frost and librettist David Pountney.


  • Performer - Lieselot De Wilde
  • Performer - Jördis Richter
  • Performer - Mariam Wallentin

2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 7 | 8 October


Meet the Young Artists (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Jette Parker Young Artists

The ever-popular autumn showcase for the rising stars of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists programme.

Recitals: 14 (mat) | 17 (mat) | 17 (eve) October
Performance - El gato con botas (Puss-in-Boots): 16 | 18 (mat) | 18 (eve) October
The Juke Box: 19 (mat and eve) October


Les Vêpres siciliennes NEW
Giuseppe Verdi
Dir: Stefan Herheim
Cond: Antonio Pappano

A great, neglected Verdi opera is brought to the Royal Opera House for the first time in an imaginative new staging by Stefan Herheim.


  • Helene - Marina Poplavskaya
  • Henri - Bryan Hymel
  • Procida - Erwin Schrott
  • Guy de Montfort - Michael Volle
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

17 | 21 | 24 | 29 October
1 | 4† | 7 | 11 November
†Live cinema relay


Greek / The Killing Flower
Mark-Anthony Turnage / Salvatore Sciarrino
Dir: Michael McCarthy
Cond: Michael Rafferty

Greek is a blazing and brilliant retelling of the Oedipus story by Mark-Anthony Turnage in an award-winning production by Music Theatre Wales.

The Killing Flower sees Music Theatre Wales present Salvatore Sciarrino’s bewitching opera, based on the true story of Renaissance madrigal master and murderer Carlo Gesualdo.

Greek Cast:

  • Eddy - Marcus Farnsworth
  • Eddy’s Dad/Café Manager/Chief of Police - Gwion Thomas
  • Eddy’s Mum/Waitress/Sphinx - Sally Silver
  • Eddy’s Sister/Waitress and Eddy’s Wife/Sphinx - Louise Winter

The Killing Flower Cast:

  • Duchess - Amanda Forbes
  • Visitor - William Towers
  • Servant - Michael Bennett
  • Duke - George Humphreys

Greek 21 | 22 | 25 | 26 October
The Killing Flower 24 October


Alban Berg
Dir: Keith Warner
Cond: Mark Elder

Keith Warner probes the psychological depths of Berg’s 20th-century operatic masterpiece.


  • Wozzeck - Simon Keenlyside
  • Marie - Karita Mattila
  • Captain - Gerhard Siegel
  • Doctor - John Tomlinson
  • Drum Major - Endrik Wottrich
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

31 October
5 | 8 | 12 | 15 November


Parsifal NEW
Richard Wagner
Dir: Stephen Langridge
Cond: Antonio Pappano

Wagner’s final, majestic opera returns to Covent Garden in an inventive new staging by director Stephen Langridge and designer Alison Chitty.


  • Parsifal - Simon O’Neill
  • Kundry - Angela Denoke
  • Gurnemanz - René Pape
  • Amfortas - Gerald Finley
  • Klingsor - Willard White
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

30 November
2 | 5 | 11 | 15 | 18† December
†Live cinema relay


How the Whale Became (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
Julian Philips
Dir: Natalie Abrahami / Lib: Edward Kemp based on Ted Hughes’s How the Whale Became/Tales of the Early World/The Dreamfighter

Ted Hughes’s magical stories provide inspiration for a new Royal Opera commission by Julian Philips and Edward Kemp.

Cast: TBC

10 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 20 | 21 | 23 | 27 | 28 | 30 | 31 December
2 | 3 | 4 January


Georges Bizet
Dir: Francesca Zambello
Cond: Daniel Oren

Spanish heat and gypsy passion are brought to the stage in Francesca Zambello’s vivid production of Bizet's opera.


  • Carmen - Anita Rachvelishvili (16, 19, 22 mat Dec) / Anna Caterina Antonacci (3, 6, 9 Jan) / Christine Rice (21, 23 Dec; 1, 4 Jan)
  • Don José - Roberto Alagna (16, 19, 22 mat Dec; 3, 6, 9 Jan) / Younghon Lee (21, 23 Dec; 1, 4 Jan)
  • Escamillo - Vito Priante (16, 19, 22 mat Dec; 3, 6, 9 Jan) / Kostas Smoriginas (21, 23 Dec; 1, 4 Jan)
  • Micaëla - Veronica Cangemi (16, 19, 22 mat Dec; 3, 6, 9 Jan) / Sarah Fox (21, 23 Dec; 1, 4 Jan)
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

16 | 19 | 21 | 22 (mat) | 23 December
1 | 3 | 4 | 6 | 9 January


Jules Massenet
Dir: Laurent Pelly
Cond: Emmanuel Villaume

A young girl longing for love is corrupted by wealth and luxury in Massenet’s classic opera, directed by Laurent Pelly.


  • Manon Lescaut - Ermonela Jaho (14, 17, 21, 24, 28 Jan) / Ailyn Pérez (31 Jan; 4 Feb)
  • Lescaut - Audun Iversen
  • Chevalier des Grieux - Matthew Polenzani
  • Le Comte des Grieux - Alastair Miles
  • Guillot de Morfontaine - Christophe Mortagne
  • De Brétigny - William Shimell
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

14 | 17 | 21 | 24 | 28 | 31 January
4 February


Don Giovanni NEW
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dir: Kasper Holten
Cond: Nicola Luisotti

Director of Opera Kasper Holten presents a new production of Mozart’s sublime tragicomedy.


  • Don Giovanni - Mariusz Kwiecien
  • Leporello - Alex Esposito
  • Donna Anna - Malin Byström
  • Donna Elvira - Véronique Gens
  • Don Ottavio - Antonio Poli
  • Zerlina - Elizabeth Watts
  • Masetto - Dawid Kimberg
  • Commendatore - Alexander Tsymbalyuk
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

1 | 3 | 12† | 14 | 18 | 21 | 24 February
†Live cinema relay


La fille du régiment
Gaetano Donizetti
Dir: Laurent Pelly
Cond: Yves Abel

Donizetti's entertaining opera marches onto the stage in Laurent Pelly's production. Irrepressible humour and catchy melodies make for a delightful evening.


  • Marie - Patrizia Ciofi
  • Tonio - Juan Diego Flórez (3, 6, 9, 12 Mar), Frédéric Antoun (15, 18 Mar)
  • Suplice Pingot - Pietro Spagnoli
  • La Marquise de Berkenfield - Ewa Podles
  • La Duchess de Crackentorp - Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

3 | 6 | 9 (mat) | 12 | 15 | 18 March


BabyO and SensoryO (Linbury Studio Theatre)

Scottish Opera’s hugely popular musical adventures for babies and toddlers come to the Linbury Studio Theatre.

3–7 March

King Priam and Paul Bunyan (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Michael Tippett and Benjamin Britten
Dir: James Conway and Liam Steel
Cond: Michael Rosewell and Philip Sunderland

Michael Tippett’s magnificent King Priam is brought to the Linbury Studio Theatre in one of English Touring Opera’s most ambitious productions to date.

English Touring Opera presents Benjamin Britten’s brilliantly inventive Paul Bunyan, which draws on an American folktale about a lumberjack giant.

Cast: TBC



Jonas Kaufmann Main Stage recital
One of the world’s leading tenors takes to the main stage for a fabulous spring recital.

6 April


Die Frau ohne Schatten NEW
Richard Strauss
Dir: Claus Guth
Cond: Semyon Bychkov

Director Claus Guth reveals the darker elements of Strauss’s exotic fairytale in a striking new production.


  • The Emperor - Johan Botha
  • The Empress - Emily Magee
  • The Nurse - Michaela Schuster
  • Barak - Johan Reuter
  • Barak’s Wife - Elena Pankratova
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

14 | 17 | 20 | 23 (mat) | 26 | 29 March
2 April


New Brooke and New Coll (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
Elspeth Brooke and Francisco Coll
Lib: Jack Underwood and Meredith Oakes

An unmissable double bill in the Linbury Studio Theatre, showcasing new work by two of opera’s brightest talents.

Cast: TBC



New Bedford (Faust Festival, Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
Luke Bedford
Lib: David Harrower

The Royal Opera commissions rising star Luke Bedford to create a companion piece to Gounod’sFaust.

Cast: TBC



F4u5t (Faust Festival, Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
Matthew Herbert

Acclaimed electronic composer Matthew Herbert presents a contrasting take on Gounod’s Faust, commissioned by The Royal Opera.

Cast: TBC



Charles-François Gounod
Dir: David McVicar
Cond: Maurizio Benini

David McVicar’s spectacular production of Gounod’s grand opera is set in decadent 1870s Paris.


  • Faust - Jospeh Calleja
  • Marguerite - Anna Netrebko
  • Méphistophélès - Bryn Terfel
  • Valentin - Simon Keenlyside
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

4 | 7 | 11 | 14 | 17 | 22 | 25 April


La traviata
Giuseppe Verdi
Dir: Richard Eyre
Cond: Dan Ettinger
(Note: Paul Wynne Griffiths will be conducting the performance on 20 May in place of Dan Ettinger.)

Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly presented in Richard Eyre’s production.


  • Violetta Valéry - Diana Damrau (19, 21, 24, 26, 30 April; 3, 9 May) / Ailyn Pérez (6, 12, 17, 20 May)
  • Alfredo Germont - Francesco Demuro (19, 21, 24, 26, 30 April; 3, 9 May) / Stephen Costello (6, 12, 17, 20 May)
  • Giorgio Germont - Dimitri Hvorostovsky (19, 21, 24, 26, 30 April; 3 May) / Simon Keenlyside (6, 9, 12, 17, 20 May)
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

19 | 21 | 24 | 26 | 30 April
3 | 6 | 9 | 12 | 17 | 20 May


Giacomo Puccini
Dir: Jonathan Kent
Cond: Oleg Caetani  (10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 27, 30 May; 3 June) / Plácido Domingo (16, 19, 21, 26 June)

Drama, passion and fabulous music – Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera. Jonathan Kent’s production is set against the turbulent backdrop of Rome in 1800.


  • Floria Tosca - Oksana Dyka (10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 27,30 May; 3 June) / Sondra Radvanovsky (16, 19, 21, 26 June)
  • Mario Cavaradossi - Roberto Alagna (10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 27,30 May; 3 June) / Riccardo Massi (16, 19, 21, 26 June)
  • Baron Scarpia - Thomas Hampson (10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 27,30 May; 3 June) / Sebastian Catana (16, 19, 21, 26 June)
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

10 | 13 | 16 | 19 | 22 | 27 | 30 May
3 | 16 | 19 | 21 | 26 June


Dialogues des Carmélites NEW to The Royal Opera
Francis Poulenc
Dir: Robert Carsen
Cond: Simon Rattle

Poulenc’s sublime and unflinching opera follows an order of Carmelite nuns caught up in the terror of the French Revolution. Robert Carsen’s award-winning production is new to The Royal Opera.


  • Blanche - Sally Matthews
  • Constance - Anna Prohaska
  • Madame Lidoine - Emma Bell
  • Mère Marie - Sophie Koch
  • Madame de Croissy - Deborah Polaski
  • Marquis de la Force - Thomas Allen
  • Chevalier de la Force - Yann Beuron
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

29 May
2 | 4 | 7 | 9 | 11 June


Manon Lescaut NEW
Giacomo Puccini
Dir: Jonathan Kent
Cond: Antonio Pappano

Puccini’s first triumph returns to Covent Garden for the first time in 20 years in a new staging by Jonathan Kent.


  • Manon Lescaut - Kristine Opolais
  • Lescaut - Christopher Maltman
  • Chevalier des Grieux - Jonas Kaufmann
  • Geronte de Ravoir - Maurizio Muraro
  • Edmondo - Benjamin Hulett
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

17 | 20 | 24† | 28 June
1 | 4 | 7 July
†Live cinema relay


Quartett (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
Luca Francesconi

John Fulljames, Associate Director of Opera, presents a new production of this vibrant and unsettling opera by acclaimed Italian composer Luca Francesconi.



Ariadne auf Naxos
Richard Strauss
Dir: Christof Loy
Cond: Antonio Pappano

Grand passions and comedy collide with wonderful effect in Christof Loy’s production of Strauss’s dazzling opera.


  • Ariadne/The Prima Donna - Karita Mattila
  • Bacchus/The Tenor - Roberto Saccà
  • Zerbinetta - Jane Archibald
  • The Composer - Ruxandra Donose
  • Harlequin - Markus Werba
  • A Music Master - Thomas Allen
  • Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

25 | 30 June
3 | 10 | 13 July


Maria Stuarda NEW
Gaetano Donizetti
Dir: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier
Cond: Bertrand de Billy

Two queens become bitter rivals in Donizetti’s tragic opera, directed by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser.


  • Maria - Joyce DiDonato
  • Elisabetta - Carmen Giannattasio
  • Roberto - Charles Castronovo
  • Lord Cecil - Jeremy Carpenter
  • Giorgio - Matthew Rose
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

5 | 8 | 11 | 14 | 16 | 18 July


La bohème
Giacomo Puccini
Dir: John Copley
Cond: Cornelius Meister

A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera. John Copley's production brings 19th-century Paris to the stage in vivid detail.


  • Mimì - Ermonela Jaho (9, 13 mat, 17, 19 mat July) / Angela Gheorghiu (12, 15, 19 eve July)
  • Rodolfo - Giuseppe Filianoti (9, 13 mat, 17, 19 mat July) / Vittorio Grigolo (12, 15, 19 eve July)
  • Marcello - Markus Werba (9, 13 mat, 19 mat July) / Massimo Cavalletti (12, 15, 17, 19 eve July)
  • Musetta - Simona Mihai (9, 13 mat, 19 mat July) / Irina Lungu (12, 15, 17, 19 eve July)
  • Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

9 | 12 | 13 (mat) | 15 | 17 | 19 (mat) | 19 July (eve)

Gloria – a pigtale (The Opera Group, Linbury Studio Theatre)
H.K. Gruber
Cast TBC

Frederic Wake-Walker’s production of this darkly comic opera draws on H.K. Gruber’s zany cabaret style and satirical humour.



Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance
Programme TBC

See the opera stars of tomorrow on the main stage at Covent Garden – a specially selected programme that showcases the talents of the Young Artists.

20 July (mat)


Moses und Aron (Welsh National Opera)
Arnold Schoenberg
Dir: Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito
Cond: Lotha Koenigs

A thrilling new production of Schoenberg’s rarely performed masterpiece by Welsh National Opera.


  • Moses - John Tomlinson
  • Aron - Rainer Trost
  • A Young Maiden/First Naked Virgin - Elizabeth Atherton
  • A Young Man - Alexander Sprague
  • Another Man/Ephraimite - Daniel Grice
  • A Priest - David Soar

25 | 26 July

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

13 March 2013 at 11.25am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged 13/14, 2013/14, Angela Gheorghiu, Anna Netrebko, announcement, booking, Bryn Terfel, Elina Garanca, Joseph Calleja, season, season announcement, Simon Keenlyside

This article has 83 comments

  1. Terry responded on 13 March 2013 at 12:38pm Reply

    No Saturday for Ariadne auf Naxos. All productions should have a weekend performance as a matter of policy. The London houses survive on the subsidies of everyone, not just Londoners.

  2. Anne responded on 13 March 2013 at 1:01pm Reply

    It is great to see more use being made of the Linbury Theatre which seemed underused in the past. However it is frustrating to find that as a standard friend there are often no seats available when our "priority" booking starts and one has to join in the general booking. Is there any chance that some of the overall friends allocation could be held back for the lower level?

  3. Christopher responded on 13 March 2013 at 2:22pm Reply

    Great to see Turandot is coming back to the ROH

  4. Henrietta responded on 13 March 2013 at 2:34pm Reply

    Fantastic season- so much to look forward to. Les Dialogues des Carmelites will be a must for me

  5. Tigger responded on 13 March 2013 at 3:40pm Reply

    Interesting new season but when will the ROH bring Norma again?

    • Jon responded on 14 March 2013 at 4:57pm

      This would be amazing...I think liudmyla monastyrska would be the perfect Norma.

    • ian responded on 30 August 2013 at 10:26am

      Is there a cast available to do this work justice?Having heard Sutherland/Horne I can`t imagine I would be satisfied with any present possible cast.How about a production of Il Pirata?The final scene is as good as anything ever written! Maybe a young fresh cast could work .And on the subject of works of this period I`ve never heard a performance of Semiramide at the ROH. Again it demands great singing technique.

    • David A responded on 28 April 2014 at 10:51pm

      Indeed. Once in over 20 years as a concert.
      Shame they missed the boat and not used that fabulous Norma that Opera North used.

  6. Alexander Jacoby responded on 13 March 2013 at 3:46pm Reply

    I'm looking forward to most of this programme, the Strauss works especially. But could I make a plea in future seasons for more Slavic opera? We've had only Eugene Onegin this time round and nothing at all in 2013/14. Also would be nice to see more baroque opera - the medium did not start with Mozart.

  7. Phillip Arnold responded on 13 March 2013 at 4:05pm Reply

    A rather uninspiring programme with, on the whole, uninteresting singers. I saw Johan Botha sing the Emperor almost 20 years ago in the Hockney production. He is still too large (and too old now) to be convincing. Gheorghiu simpering away again in Boheme? No thanks. Parsifal has an "inventive" new staging - what, no sets? Sounds grim. Don't think I'll be renewing my Friends membership.

    • Ben responded on 13 March 2013 at 9:38pm

      I'm amazed that you can call this uninspiring. There are several rarely performed works in the programme and we should all be grateful to the ROH for that. I'm looking forward to it!

    • Alaïa responded on 17 November 2013 at 4:16pm

      I'm shattered you don't find Kaufmann, Mattila among others exciting enough... And of course, because the tenor role in Die Frau is soooooooo easy to sing, you, skinny and incredibly talented should be singing it. Please. Show some respect.

  8. Chris responded on 13 March 2013 at 4:22pm Reply

    Interesting programme but I would've liked to see Angela Gheorghiu in Manon paired with Jonas Kaufmann rather than Opolais. Gheorghiu's musicality, great stage presence and voice would have conquered everybody's hearts.

    • Michel Casavant responded on 15 March 2013 at 3:26am

      She is excellent when she shows up wich is quite rare....I am surprise that the ROH is still inviting her to sing. But i will be going to see Bohème but mostly to hear Grigolo again who brought the house down as Rodolfo last week.

  9. Peter Hadden responded on 13 March 2013 at 4:41pm Reply

    At last !!
    Congratulations to Antonio Pappano for addressing the issue of endless withdrawals by high profile singers.

  10. Lisa responded on 13 March 2013 at 4:57pm Reply

    I notice Sir Thomas Allen is doing two back-to-back productions - wonder if there's any truth to the rumour he will retire after this?

  11. Liz responded on 13 March 2013 at 5:30pm Reply

    Maria Stuarda - Joyce DiDonato & Charles Castronovo. Pity Saimir Pirgu is not singing.

  12. Liz responded on 13 March 2013 at 5:32pm Reply

    Just to clarify, I did not mean instead of Charles. Charles is amazing. It would have been nice to have had Saimir sing one of the other opera's.

  13. Stephen Diviani responded on 13 March 2013 at 5:37pm Reply

    Really interesting season, looking forward to most of it in both The Linbury & Main House. But...but..but...I do agree with Alexander Jacoby that it 'would be nice to see more baroque opera' (some Rameau perhaps?) and 'for more Slavic opera' - possibly some 'off the beaten track' operas?

  14. I agree with Tigger. I have been waiting for too long to see Norma.

  15. Interesting to find that Sir Pappano will conduct Ariadone which was his first opera as the music director in 2002. Will it be his last as the music director of the Royal Opera?

  16. Lucky Pierre responded on 13 March 2013 at 7:03pm Reply

    Where is Elisabete Matos? She's a great dramatic soprano. She could be singing Manon Lescaut, Turandot or Tosca.

  17. Roberto responded on 13 March 2013 at 8:17pm Reply

    Wow! Ciofi&Florez& Podles& Kiri Te Kanawa
    Bravo for cast !!!

  18. Derek Bryanton responded on 13 March 2013 at 8:24pm Reply

    Yet again, a season without Renee Fleming - and only two staged performances this season. What a tragedy.

    • Jon responded on 14 March 2013 at 4:59pm

      There are lots of singers, not just Renee who haven't appeared at the ROH for a long time, for example Cecilia Bartoli who was wonderful in Il Turco in Italia all those years ago.

  19. Liz responded on 13 March 2013 at 8:27pm Reply

    Thanks for listening to last years comments and adding the casting to the announcement!

  20. BASSA responded on 13 March 2013 at 9:03pm Reply

    Je suis écoeurée que vous ne citiez pas dans les étoiles de la scène, Roberto Alagna qui chante dans deux de vos productions cette année. C'est indigne du ROH

    • George responded on 16 March 2013 at 2:38pm

      Roberto Alagna's career is increasingly shifting towards Continental Europe, especially France, where in the future he will be premiering many exciting roles in the French repertoire. At the ROH (and the Met), he seems to sing only the predictable strings of Carmens and Toscas, thus giving himself time to concentrate on the other, new and "juicier" stuff. And it's OK like this!
      Things are finally moving in the right direction in France. There is a new impetus to revive and provide quality interpretations to neglected French operas from all time periods. Alongside Alagna and other established top-notch singers like Tézier, Degout, Deshayes, Koch, Gens, Piau, there are now some very gifted young francophone singers, such Yoncheva, Devielhe, Fuchs, Sempey, etc. who, together with other musicians and directors, can ensure the success of such projects.
      The ROH is following a different path, it seems. There are 6 (!) French language operas planned for next season; half of them (Vêpres, Manon, Carmélites) have baffling casts, ranging from generic and/or miscast to plain inadequate. Previous ambitious projects haven't fared much better: the so-so Troyens was followed by a disappointing Robert le Diable. Why schedule so much French language opera and then miscast it, so that it sounds generic or plain bad ? Why use so little of the francophone talent available across the Channel?
      Why assume that the ROH audience can't tell the difference between French and Esperanto? Well, at least I hope they can...
      In conclusion, for French language opera I will definitely go to Paris, rather than to the ROH (or the Met) and I am thrilled that Roberto Alagna will participate in many productions in France and elsewhere in Europe. And if people are excited about what the ROH has to offer in the French repertoire, then more power to them!

  21. mariko responded on 13 March 2013 at 10:14pm Reply

    I agree to Chris, Gheorghiu is great as Mimi, but can't we have her in something else? Manon should be her. or is she ready for Butterfly ?. Let Mimi sing by Anita, and she sings something more mature? She wouldn't like Grigolo gets all the attention!

    • Sue responded on 14 March 2013 at 3:29pm

      I agree it's time Gheorghiu offered a new role in London - this must be the fifth time she's done Mimi, not to mention Faust, Violetta, Rondine and Tosca coming around again and again. I think audiences are starting to lose interest. I enjoyed her Adriana very much and hoped it would be the start of a new stagein her career, but instead she's just doing the same roles again. She's in her late 40s- it's time to grow up. Her voice is still great but her career hasn't developed at all in the last ten years. She could have done Manon, Louise, Mireille and other beautiful French roles but I suppose she finds music difficult to learn. No bel canto either apart from Adina, no Mozart, no German or Slavic repertoire.

  22. SAGRARIO LOPEZ responded on 13 March 2013 at 11:30pm Reply


    • Sue responded on 14 March 2013 at 3:22pm

      Celso Albelo sang in la Sonnambula last year. He was quite unpolished so I wouldn't expect to hear him again for a few years.

    • Jon responded on 14 March 2013 at 4:56pm

      He sang in La Sonnambula a few seasons ago. I wasn't that impressed personally.

  23. Sue responded on 14 March 2013 at 12:53am Reply

    It looks like a really fantastic season. Wonderful rarities and superb casts in the popular stuff. A world-beating programme - thanks ROH! No wonder I can't bear to leave London!

    • robert green responded on 15 March 2013 at 4:49pm

      But going back to my earlier comment regarding the lack of Verdi...just 2 operas compared to 4 from Puccini. Given the rspective ouputs of the 2 composers it seems a bizarre decision.
      Good to see Vespri Siciliani at last though

  24. K.W. Brown responded on 14 March 2013 at 7:56am Reply

    After his dire 'Eugene Onegin' the prospect of another Kasper Holten production fills me with trepidation. Should he be giving himself another chance? And does 'Don Giovanni' really need a (presumably lavish) replacement yet?

    • Mark Valencia responded on 14 March 2013 at 3:27pm

      To your second question, the answer is YES in capital letters. But why do you presume it will be lavish?

      I prefer to keep an open mind on future productions and save my closed mind for the proven turkeys, of which Zambello's unlamented staging of Don G was undoubtedly an example.

  25. Karen responded on 14 March 2013 at 9:32am Reply

    On the whole a fantastic season to look forward to with several must not miss productions and/or singers to look foward to.

  26. Miriam responded on 14 March 2013 at 10:10am Reply

    I feel more positive about this than I have done for the previous two or three seasons. Not everything is to my taste, but no reason why it should be. There are several new productions of rarely performed works that I regard as must-see, and the casting of some revivals tempts me to revisit productions I thought I had seen enough of already.

    However I do agree with the earlier commenters who would like to see more slavic opera.

  27. Peter Ridley responded on 14 March 2013 at 4:08pm Reply

    Les Vêpres siciliennes at last. Brilliant. Bit in this bi-centenary year more rare Verdi would have been welcome, even if only in concert performances. Ted Downes' 2001 ambition still has to be realised.

  28. Anne and Andrew Davenport responded on 14 March 2013 at 11:12pm Reply

    On the whole this looks a great season but why is England's international opera house not presenting any operas by Benjamin Britten in his centenary year?

  29. Michel Casavant responded on 15 March 2013 at 2:29am Reply

    No season can be to the taste of everybody.But I must say that this is a slight improovement to the last 2 seasons. However why 4 operas by Puccini.
    Turandot and Manon Lescault are most welcome but we have just been thru a long series of Tosca and Bohème this year. It feels like reheated leftovers with so-so cast just to filled the opera house. Also this is the third time we see Nozze in the last 3 years and did the ROH really need a new production of Don Giovanni when we haven't seen a decent Lucia or a I Puritani in years. Love the opera Manon but you actually need a great soprano to sing the role which is not the case next season. At least we will get the fabulous Maria Stuarda of DiDonato and a dream cast for Faust and la Fille du Régiment.

  30. Andrew Bennett responded on 15 March 2013 at 3:54pm Reply

    On the whole I agree with the positive comments but also regret the lack of Slavic opera, of baroque music and - bizarrely - of Britten. I tend to agree that another production of 'Don Giovanni' is unnecessary, but Veronique Gens is superb and this could be a good London showcase for her. Delighted to see Poulenc's masterpiece in the list.

  31. John Rose responded on 15 March 2013 at 5:00pm Reply

    yes...a very enticing season in prospect.But how long do we have to wait for a Monteverdi cycle? And while the "big 4" Mozart operas are wonderful,there are others too. Idomeneo,for example.

  32. Graham Thomas responded on 15 March 2013 at 11:11pm Reply

    Manon overload? All seems a bit thin and uninspired - a star studded Faust but nothing could make it worth sitting through dire piece that again.. Traviata (again) Boheme (again) Tosca (again) Don Giovanni (again) Nozze (again) and la fille du regiment (again) so more than half the season is trotting out the tired old money spinners.. Is this aimed at people who never been to the opera in the last two years?

  33. AliceP responded on 16 March 2013 at 8:53am Reply

    A lot of positives but seriously hope that we will get some barok and some more less used Bel Canto in the future seasons ........ too much same old - give me a break from La Fille already!

    Although loving to have Turandot back, I am VERY disappointed that no effort has been made to use the amazing and composer true, Mercurio ending.

  34. I'm pretty excited about this season.Lots of new operas for me to try,especially those by Strauss and Parsifal as well.Looking forward to finally getting the chance to see Anna Netrebko perform and also the return of Turandot,one of my favourite operas.

  35. Ann O'Shaughnessy responded on 17 March 2013 at 7:51pm Reply

    Joy to see lots of my personal favourites planned in the new season. Still a lot of repeats. Even though I love them, I cannot justify yet another Tosca or La Boheme. Very excited about seeing Anna Netrebko and to have Parsifal and Maria Stuarda at ROH at last.

  36. Carolyn Davies responded on 18 March 2013 at 12:17pm Reply

    An exciting season but I wholeheartedly agree with the disappointment at no Renee Fleming and never any Cecilia Bartoli. Is this her choice? Let's hope that all the "stars" show up. Well done Pappano for the warning shot across their bows

  37. Peter Erdos responded on 20 March 2013 at 9:38am Reply

    I agree with most of the opinions expressed previously.I am delighted to see "Vespri" and the "Frau ohne schatten" in the list, although I am dreading the prospect of enduring some more nonsensical productions . As far as singers are concerned we can keep praying for their good health and that they will appear as promised without tantrums. Morgan Dye is hoping for a chance to see Netrebko, So do I! I had tickets for 3 of her previous appearances, none of which she did! (2 Traviatas and a Donna Anna)
    Let us hope that in these days of austerity we can still have a few good nights to look forward to at the ROH!

  38. The best season in the world

  39. Ros Phillips responded on 24 March 2013 at 1:31pm Reply

    As usual, no Baroque opera at all. Just the same boring, stuffy going over the main chance yet again - Tosca, La Boheme. A work by Vivaldi or Hasse would breathe new life into repertoire. Also, an early Mozart opera - Ascanio in Alba, Ideomeneo, La Clemenza di Tito - would be so refreshing. And has ROH never heard of the COUNTERTENOR? These wonderful voices - Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli - are wowing audiences all over Europe, America, Australia while the UK misses out!

  40. Damian responded on 9 April 2013 at 3:05pm Reply

    There are some good works here - I'm looking forward to Parsifal and to Carmelites. However, there's not much variety... We've got the Italian school with 4 Puccini operas in one year (including yet another repeat of La Boheme) alongside 2 Verdi and 2 Donizetti works. Then, sticking to the 19th century, 3 French operas by Gounod, Bizet and Massenet - so more than half the productions this season are by Italian / French composers within about 50 years. Of the remainder: 2 Mozart and 3 Richard Strauss (wow - but I can complain, I do love Strauss and great that it's neither Salome or Rosenkavalier). Then one each for Wagner, Poulenc and Berg, plus one contemporary evening. So, the only works earlier than the 19th century are the two Mozarts; very little mainstream 20th century, nothing from Eastern Europe / Russia. And would be good to see something very good and contemporary: Adams, Glass perhaps?

  41. Chris Anders responded on 15 April 2013 at 2:10pm Reply

    To be realistic, with public funding in short supply, I am not surprised to see so many of the "moneyspinners" back on stage, the ROH has to try to pay its way on limited funding so the last thing you want to do is offer that tabloid press more fodder to have another go with their perpetual 'money v elitism' theme. Considering the financial constraints, I find the ROH has managed to come up with a very interesting season and a decent balance between repeats and some varied new stuff...might even make it to Linbury more often - despite the seats. I've been waiting for a Stuarda for years, so pleased to see that (was beginning to believe it was regarded as politically incorrect to stage it at the ROH but anyway it looks like they've come up with precisely the right year to stage it..) I can agree with some other comments about more Slavic repertoire and also keen to see a decent staging of Norma (Cedolins/Ganassi - Carsen) + Monteverdi "Il ritorno..." with Kasarova - so seldom seen in London

  42. Carol Rabin responded on 14 May 2013 at 2:49am Reply

    I live in San Francisco and shall be visiting
    London September 23, 24 and 26, 2013. Could
    you kindly advise me if there are going to be
    any opera performances for these dates.

    Thank you. Carol Rabin

  43. It is high time the Royal Opera booked Stefan Herheim so I am delighted to see his name here. He has produced such imaginative work at Bayreuth (Parsifal), in Berlin (Lohengrin) and in Oslo (Tannhauser).

  44. Paul responded on 4 June 2013 at 8:09pm Reply

    Hi ROH! It would excellent if it were possible to download a calendar file (ical, for example) of your performances, events, booking days, etc.
    Sincerely yours, an ROH Young Friend!

  45. Muhammad responded on 12 October 2013 at 8:24pm Reply

    Hi, I am new to Opera. I have read all the comments and it seems most people are not satisfied with the events for 2013/14. This has left me confused on which events to go to. As I have nothing to compare to and little knowledge on Opera, could someone please guide me on the best events from the list which would introduce me to the wonderful world of Opera. Are there any must see events?

    • Geoff responded on 4 April 2014 at 7:48pm

      Hi Muhammad,
      La Boheme was my first opera and I heartily recommend it. But then, I think Puccini has all the best tunes. After him, Verdi and Mozart are generally entertaining and accessible. Check out Radio 3 early on Saturday evenings - a great way to sample opera. Enjoy.

  46. Fantastic season!So much to look forward to.Le nozze di Figaro,Faust,Carmen and Don Giovanni... Amazing!

  47. Christina Howells responded on 18 October 2013 at 12:42pm Reply

    More weekend matineés, please. They seem to be fewer and fewer. It's so frustrating to have to leave before the end if one doesn't live in or near London.

  48. Alan D. Strange responded on 30 October 2013 at 1:51am Reply

    Just heard Norma at the Met with Angela Meade and Jane Harmon. Angela took over the role from Sandra Radvanovsky. They've all done splendidly well and the critics have called it the best Norma since Dame Joan's day.

    You'll also love Ms. Netrebko, whom we finally got in Chicago in Boheme last season. Yes, Boheme is done a lot but she did such a magnificent job.

    You should also get Albina Shagimuratova for Gilda in Rigoletto. Magnificent. And I would never complain about a Fille with JDF.

    I'm coming over for a few days in early December and it looks like it's just the Royal Ballet. Oh, well.

    • Santi responded on 1 December 2013 at 12:25am

      I heard Angela Meade in Anna Bolena, and I would love a lot to see that production at the Royal Opera House. let's keep our fingers crossed, and maybe next year we'll see , the master piece of Donizetti in London with today's best Anna Bolena, Angela Meade.

  49. giovanni responded on 5 November 2013 at 11:56am Reply

    un cartello così, in Italia lo possiamo sognare solamente !!!! un grazie ai politici italiani !!!!!!!

  50. Would have appreciated some balance with the inclusion of, at least, one BAROQUE opera. I agree - we have a wealth of talented early Music artists - including a wonderful array of Counter-Tenors - and the ROH seem to be missing out in showcasing their abilities. PLEASE can we have some Handel or Cavalli or Monteverdi etc next time the selection process comes around once again? I wait great hope!

  51. Vin Mikkelsen responded on 11 December 2013 at 9:08pm Reply

    When will the DVD of Turandot be available for purchase. We attended the performance this past year and would love to relive the performance. Thank you

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 12 December 2013 at 10:25am

      Hi Vin,

      Glad you enjoyed the performance. Turandot is scheduled for release on DVD in April 2014,

      All the best,


  52. Dozzer responded on 14 December 2013 at 2:41pm Reply

    All you snobs down south who don't need to travel to London for their opera leave the programme alone and we who have to travel can get a chance to see our old favourites.

  53. Dozzer responded on 14 December 2013 at 6:29pm Reply

    Just because you down south have been lucky enough to have seen previous productions of the old faithfuls don't begrudge others who have not.

  54. James Ferrara responded on 1 January 2014 at 3:33pm Reply

    Dear Sirs; As a visitor and Friend of ROH,
    can u please tell me approx. opera schedule
    for October 2014. Casts not necessary.
    thank u,
    James, n.y.c.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 1 January 2014 at 5:12pm

      Dear James

      We will be announcing our programme for 2014/15 in the spring.

      Best wishes


  55. Dear Sirs, as you probably know, 2013 was even the 150th anniversary of Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) italian composer beloved by British people with his Cavalleria Rusticana and his 14 operas (IRIS - Parisina - Isabeau- L'amico Fritz etc.). A new record by Chandos (Mascagni in concert) discovered other wonderful Mascagni's pieces as the sound track of The Eternal city (drama by Hall Caine)
    We know that Sir Pappano is thinking about including Mascagni in the new program 2014- 2015. Looking forward to any comment from you. Best regards.
    Francesca A.Mascagni

  56. Great post thanks for the info.

  57. I think this is a well balanced schedule, Something for every taste here,

  58. Ekaterina responded on 25 April 2014 at 9:29pm Reply

    Traviata on the 19 04 2014 was wonderful. Great cast with Diana, Fransesco and Dmitri. Amazing stage and stunning orchesra performance. Thank you ROH for bringing to us such experiences!!!!!

  59. Sasha responded on 22 September 2014 at 11:16pm Reply

    Great Stuff , Thank you for the information .

This article has 1 mention elsewhere

  1. Tosca back again | Recitative:  [...] remembered that Opolais will be back at the ROH next year in more Puccini: Manon Lescaut opposite Jonas Kaufmann. Excellent stuff… Oo, this is worth [...]

Comment on this article

Your email will not be published

Website URL is optional