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Royal Opera 2013/14 Review: What were your Season highlights?

The Season saw 35 opera and music works performed across the Royal Opera House's main stage and Linbury Studio Theatre.

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

22 July 2014 at 3.03pm | 15 Comments

With the curtain now down on The Royal Opera's 2013/14 Season, we want to know what your highlights were.

The Season saw 35 opera and music works performed across the Royal Opera House's main stage and Linbury Studio Theatre - see them at a glance on our 2013/14 infographic. Chief Executive Alex Beard has picked out his favourite moments, but do you agree with him?

We're also looking for your 2013/14 Royal Ballet highlights.

Here are a selection of Season highlights from our Twitter following:

What were your Royal Opera highlights of 2013/14?

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

22 July 2014 at 3.03pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged 2013/14, by David McVicar, competition, Production, review, Rigoletto, season, win

This article has 15 comments

  1. noel patrick responded on 22 July 2014 at 4:23pm Reply

    I attended Maria Stuarda and the Jette Parker Young Artists Concert in addition to attending several of the Cinema and BP Big Screen performances throughout the past season. Obviously attending the Royal Opera House in person cannot be surpassed.
    Joyce DiDonato was truly magnificent, and brought the house down,as expected. She was ably supported by a great cast and orchestra. However the highlight of our visit was the performance from 'Cosi fan Tutte' at the Young Artists Concert (20/07/14). The acting and singing were of the quality expected at the world's premier Opera House. The performance from La Favorite was equally as good, and must be a great encouragement to directors and producers alike.

  2. Léon Collé responded on 23 July 2014 at 5:57pm Reply

    DiDonato in Maria Stuarda. Runner-up for me was Damrau's Violetta.

  3. David Endicott responded on 23 July 2014 at 6:08pm Reply

    I've had the great pleasure of seeing six of your operas in the last three months and I'd have to say my highlights were:- 1) the "Salve Regina" in Dialogues des Carmelites - it was spine-tingling; 2) finally getting to see Bryn Terfel storming his way through the role of Scarpia - that "Va Tosca/Te Deum" was as powerful as I was hoping it would be; and 3) I'm not sure there are enough superlatives to convey just how well Joyce DiDonato and the ROH Chorus sang the Prayer Aria "Deh! Tu Di Un Umile Preghiera" in Maria Stuarda, a singer in a role that people should be acclaiming for decades to come!!!

  4. Rainer responded on 23 July 2014 at 6:32pm Reply

    My highlight: Nabucco with Leo Nucci :-)

  5. Judy Lynn responded on 24 July 2014 at 10:26am Reply

    Tosca with Sondra Radvanovsky and Bryn Terfel and Les a Dialogues des Carmelites.

  6. Jane lane responded on 24 July 2014 at 10:28am Reply

    Figaro was great...sadly no Sally daughter competed with her and sometimes won!!!!

  7. Christine Bates responded on 24 July 2014 at 1:30pm Reply

    Joyce DiDonato in Maria Stuarda - thrilling!

  8. John R responded on 24 July 2014 at 3:16pm Reply

    Seeing four "firsts" in 45 years of opera going! Les Vepres Siciliennes (Bryan Hymel was simply terrific!), Die Frau ohne Schatten (music and orchestra completely blew me away!), Manon Lescaut (Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais in two stunning performances), and Ariadne auf Naxos (a brilliant ensemble performance). Four operas I'm glad I finally got to see; and also four memorable performances!

  9. James David responded on 24 July 2014 at 4:08pm Reply

    My first Royal Opera House experience with Radvanovsky and Terfel giving the best performances I have ever seen. Having missed out on seeing Domingo conduct Aida in Verona, it was also enjoyable seeing him conduct this superb production. So looking forward to also seeing The Trial by Glass.

  10. Katie Mann responded on 24 July 2014 at 8:00pm Reply

    Manon Lescaut with Jonas Kaufmann - an unforgettable and special night at the opera for me with my husband.

  11. francois responded on 24 July 2014 at 8:08pm Reply

    My season's highlight was definitely L'Ormindo, probably the best opera performance I've seen for many years!
    I also loved Faust's revival and will not forget the fever of Pappano-Opolais-Kaufmann in Manon Lescaut.

  12. Peter Lewis responded on 25 July 2014 at 1:56pm Reply

    Loved Faust. Despite a late withdrawal of one of the headline names, her replacement and the other performance gave me a thrilling evening of fine singing and acting. Don't let anyone be put off if a star name withdraws.

  13. Peter Golden responded on 25 July 2014 at 1:58pm Reply

    For me the highlight was Les Vêpres Siciliennes, wonderful singing (a memorable 'Et toi, Palerme'!), superb set, and the mystery of Erwin Schrott's brown boot! #ROHreview

  14. John M. responded on 26 July 2014 at 11:22am Reply

    At the start of the season I was most excited by Les vêpres siciliennes, Manon Lescaut and Maria Stuarda. At the end of the season I remember most Wozzeck, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Dialogues des Carmelites. I also saw a lovely Le nozze di Figaro. I was thrilled by Kaufmann's and DiDonato's singing but the stagings were disappointing, to say the least. I worry about what seems to be a developing trend in RO stagings to be inconsistent and incoherent. Let them be challenging by all means but please let them be coherent. We need to be able to look forward to Idomeneo next season, not dread what it's going to be like. If we are not to go to the opera just for the singers then give us productions which really mean something.

  15. Stephen Diviani responded on 26 July 2014 at 7:27pm Reply

    I know it wasn't a ROH production, but I relished 'Paul Bunyan' (English Touring Opera) in the Linbury. Britten's stab at musical theatre, with Auden's witty, intelligent and occasionally very moving libretto. It's often observed that the latter swamps the music, but I felt that the two artists were as one. And it was a great production, superbly performed.

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