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What was your Royal Ballet highlight of 2016?

Share your favourite moments of the past year for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

29 December 2016 at 4.12pm | 69 Comments

As the curtain comes down on an eventful year, we're taking a look back at your highlights from a year of performances on the Royal Opera House stage.

Perhaps you fell in love with Giselle, on stage and in cinemas back in February. Or was Wayne McGregor's latest offering, Multiverse, more your cup of tea? Did you come to ballet for the first time, or discover a new work you'd never seen before?

Whether you were wowed by The Winter's Tale or amazed by Anastasia, we'd love to hear your favourite moments of 2016. Anyone who comments on this blog or shares their thoughts via Twitter using the hashtag #ROHreview2016 will be entered into a prize draw to win two tickets to the award-winning ballet, Woolf Works.

Here are some of your favourites via Twitter:

If you're an opera fan too, we're also looking for your favourite Royal Opera moments.

What were your Royal Ballet highlights of 2016?
Let us know via the comments below.

Competition terms and conditions: The 2016 Royal Ballet review competition prize is two tickets to Woolf Works on 11 February 2017 . Closing date for entry is 4 January 2017. The winner will be notified by 6 January 2017. All aspects of the prize are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for another date. Travel or accommodation costs are not included in the prize. This prize draw can only be entered by tweeting with #ROHreview2016 or by commenting on this blog post.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

29 December 2016 at 4.12pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged 2016, 2016-17, competition, highlights, review, Social Media, The Royal Ballet, Year in Review

This article has 69 comments

  1. For me my 2016 highlights are - Vadim Muntagirov & Marianela Núñez plus the Royal Ballet corps de ballet in 'Giselle' & Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell, Anna Rose O'Sullivan and James Hay in 'The Nutcracker'

    • Serena Allen responded on 4 January 2017 at 12:30pm

      I saw Frankenstein transmitted live at the Cinema, and it was absolutely incredible. Beautiful music and such a fantastic ballet. I cannot wait to see it again!

  2. Nina Battleday responded on 29 December 2016 at 5:08pm Reply

    for me, it was Edward Watson's marvellous Leontes in Winter's Tale, surely he has invented a new art of dance acting? I'm sure even if he didn't dance a step he could convey everything in Leontes' character, but add stunning dancing to his acting ability and this was certainly my highlight of the year.

  3. Nicola Tricker responded on 29 December 2016 at 5:09pm Reply

    My highlight was Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Marianela​ Nunez in Giselle - two individuals and a partnership to treasure.

  4. Nina Battleday responded on 29 December 2016 at 6:15pm Reply

    Must be Edward Watson's stunning Leontes in Winters Tale. Even if he couldn't dance it would be a remarkable performance, but add to acting ability his wonderfully expressive dancing and it must be the performance of the year.And that in a year that has,seen so many excellent performances, especially from the many young dancers.

  5. Coppelia responded on 29 December 2016 at 6:41pm Reply

    I enjoyed the whole mid-year monster mania of Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein, including the excellent Insight event, trailer and live cinema screening.

    A work I wasn't expecting to like but was surprised by was the riveting and oddly narrative Obsidian Tear. Kind of wish Wayne had called it "The Wrong Trousers" though.

  6. Jocelyne Wilson responded on 29 December 2016 at 8:18pm Reply

    I could hardly breathe during the brilliant phasing section of Wayne MacGregor's Multiverse with #Stevenmcrae and #Paulkay #ROHreview2016

  7. Nick responded on 29 December 2016 at 9:05pm Reply

    Despite lots of great productions and fantastic performances from various dancers, the highlight for me was seeing Alessandra Ferri's "Insight". It was in 1984, I think, that I happened to see her on television in Romeo and Juliet. I had never seen a ballet before and had no interest in dance at all, and was all set to leave the room but her grace compelled me to watch, and so my love of ballet began. It was not until 2015 that I finally got to see her perform live, when she was simply exquisite. And so I upped my membership in order to have a chance of seeing her talk and am so glad I did. It shouldn't have come as a surprise that she was as beautiful to hear speak as she is to see dance; whatever medium she chooses, she expresses herself in the most beautiful way - as she did when she answered my question at the end of the evening. Every dance I have seen is because of Alessandra Ferri, thank you.

  8. Marilyn weston responded on 29 December 2016 at 9:17pm Reply

    Muntagirov and nunez in giselle it was brilliant,then osipisova and nunez in giselle outstanding love also to,peter wright on his 90 th birthday

  9. sarah responded on 29 December 2016 at 11:25pm Reply

    Mayara Magri as the gypsy girl and James Hay in The Two Pigeons both quite amazing. Also loved Carbon Life.

  10. Mary martins responded on 30 December 2016 at 12:21am Reply

    For me the highlight of this year was to take my granddaughter to watch the nutcracker. She was mesmerised and couldn't stop talking about it. And the audience applause was so loud and joyful. A really enjoyable time. Thank u dancers.

  11. Dani Boucher responded on 30 December 2016 at 9:10am Reply

    After a gap of four years, I was delighted to be back at the ROH to witness the complexity and contrasts of Anastasia. It was a joy to see so many principals on stage together. My favourite will always be Marianela Nunez but Osipova's intensity in the title role will not be forgotten in a hurry. Brilliant!

  12. Stuart Dixon responded on 30 December 2016 at 10:07am Reply

    Woolf Works - I actually enjoyed something done by McGregor.

    By the way, you say the prize is two tickets for a performance last February, not much of a prize then.

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 30 December 2016 at 10:26am

      Thanks for your comment Stuart - this has now been amended.

  13. Jenni Herbert responded on 30 December 2016 at 10:08am Reply

    Frankenstein was my favourite. Liebermann's music, the staging, the costumes, Scarlett's choreography and the dancing by McCrae, Bonelli and Morera. Electrifying. Also loved the Nutcracker - extra special being Peter Wright's 90th birthday!

  14. Victor responded on 30 December 2016 at 10:10am Reply

    My highlights for 2016 was Winters Tale , it was amazing to see so many Principal dancers in 1 production. Frankenstein was phenomenal. And love to see Lauren back in really stunning form, & Congratulations to all who was promoted & gutted Yuhui didn't get it this year hopefully soon. Thanks ROH for wonderful year.

  15. Claudia responded on 30 December 2016 at 11:47am Reply

    It was my first time watching a ballet by Ashton, in the comic yet heart-warming 'La Fille Mal Gardée'. The playfulness, vivacity and colourful dances and props, was an authoritative display of the creativity that underlies Royal Ballet productions - evidenced by the lovely pas de ruban and cheerful clog dance.
    Indeed, if a highlight is to be chosen for 2016, it must be the revival of a piece of work by Sir Fred, the founder choreographer, that lies so close at the birth of the Royal Ballet - swaying us from side to side with tenderness as Colas does Lise.

  16. Cassie responded on 30 December 2016 at 12:01pm Reply

    Unexpectedly being drawn into watching Frankenstein on the tele & going from being in awe at the beautiful sets, dancing & the effects (esp the terrifying Frankenstein's monster costume) ... to actually being moved to tears.

    Promised myself I'd save & go someday :)

  17. Nita Clarke responded on 30 December 2016 at 1:12pm Reply

    Transcendent grace of Lauren on triumphant top form through the year. Also in the house on 19 December: Christmas tree 1, Drosselmeyer nil! But the show went on - brilliantly!

  18. Julia responded on 30 December 2016 at 2:47pm Reply

    The most incredible experience "Winter's tale", "Anastasia" and "Cardon life". Edward Watson, Zenaida Yanowsky and Lauren Cuthbertson

  19. Jorge Salcedo responded on 30 December 2016 at 3:32pm Reply

    My ballet highlight of 2016 was Marcelino Sambé in "La fille mal gardée". I greatlly enjoyed his performance.

  20. Highlights for me were Yasmine Naghdi in The Invitation, Steven McRae and Federico Bonnelli in Frankenstein and the wonderful The Royal Ballet School Annual Gala!

  21. My highlight was "Frankenstein". The Choreography, score settings and costumes together with Federico Bonelli (truly wonderful in this huge new role) ,Steven McRae and Laura Morera all superb.
    Also "The Winters Tale" dazzling from many directions with design and production and so many roles for the members of RB who all danced (and acted) up a storm.. An absolute feast for the eyes.

  22. Lesley Main responded on 30 December 2016 at 6:29pm Reply

    Rahpsody -so exciting! (McRae and Osipova) - inspired this Silver (Duck!) to start dancing.

  23. Deborah Ann Newman responded on 30 December 2016 at 6:32pm Reply

    My daughter and I went to the ballet for the first time this year and absolutely loved it. We saw La Filled Ma Garde which was fantastic. I would have liked to have seen The Nutcracker but was too late to get tickets. Hopefully next year.

  24. Ashton wins with 'Two Pigeons' and 'La Fille Mal Gardée', without question. Turkey of the year: Anastasia, as weak as ever (just ahead of the Osipova vanity piece and the full evening triple of three x Wayne, which was at least one too many).

  25. Bruce responded on 30 December 2016 at 10:47pm Reply

    For me I think it was the public debut of Hayward and Sambe in Fille. A delight suffused evening in every sense of those words ... plus a wonderful Alain from James Hay. T'was practically perfect in every way. The smiles on the audience's faces were vivid and sincerely potent with the privilege of knowing that the future was going to be a vastly rich one.

  26. Nadia responded on 30 December 2016 at 11:54pm Reply

    I can't forget Marianela Nunez on the mad scene of Giselle. So pure, spontaneous, emotional. And then, her appearance in the final act was expressing the eternal love. It was a privilege to see her and feel the emotion of the character.

  27. Yasmine Naghdi in everything she danced, and the development of her partnership with Matthew Ball. Long may it continue!. Beatriz Stix-Brunell was a revelation in Two Pigeons. Nunez and Muntagirov in Giselle took my breath away and caused the tears to flow. Finally, two weeks after the final performance of the best Lise of the past 10 years (Roberta Marquez), along comes her replacement, Francesca Hayward. She and Marcelino Sambe were perfect together and separately in this ballet and were a total joy to watch. I already look forward to seeing them again in the next run! Thanks to all for a wonderful year.

  28. Bridie Macmahon responded on 31 December 2016 at 9:55am Reply

    Many wonderful performances, both by individual dancers and the company as a whole. Some highlights: Giselle, especially Lamb, Takada, and Nunez/Muntagirov, and a terrific Myrthe from Tierney Heap. Zenaida Yanowsky as Elizabeth. Hayward and Campbell in everything they've done, together and separately. Fille mal gardée, especially Hayward/Sambé and Marquez/Campbell. The revival of The Two Pigeons. The Nutcracker - such commitment and panache from all involved. Thanks to all the dancers and to everyone behind the scenes who bring these brilliant performances to the stage.

  29. Tony Newcombe responded on 31 December 2016 at 11:04am Reply

    Claire Calvert as Hermione in The Winter's Tale. To follow in the footsteps, and to match the performances of the two great dancers who were in the original run showed what a fine dramatic dancer she is becoming

  30. TJ Hiew responded on 31 December 2016 at 12:39pm Reply

    Watching the Nutcracker with the new Tea (Chinese Dance) choreography! Not to mention the Pas de Deux of the Nutcracker and her Prince, as well as that very touching hug between Drosselmeyer and Hans-Peter at the very end! :')

  31. Valerie Knight responded on 31 December 2016 at 4:55pm Reply

    Two Pigeons at ROH (Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Matthew Ball) and cinema relay (Lauren Cuthbertson and Vadim Muntagirov, also Fumi Kaneko as Gypsy Girl). Valentino Zechetti in Rhapsody. Special evening at ROH with Frances Hayward and Marcelino Sambe in Fille and another special occasion at the live relay of The Nutcracker - a fantastic performance by all. Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli magical.

  32. alex responded on 31 December 2016 at 5:10pm Reply

    Yasmine Naghdi as The Girl in "The Invitation" and most recently as The Sugar Plum Fairy, A. Ferri in Woolf Works, Marquez in Fille, Marianella Nunez and Yasmine Naghdi as Mathilde K. in "Anastasia", Marcelino Sambe in "Fille", Nunez in "Giselle", all dancers in Winter's Tale, and I very much loved Two Pigeons too.

  33. Vanessa responded on 31 December 2016 at 5:36pm Reply

    Act 2 of Giselle — The curtain rises on an ethereal night-time scene. The orchestra starts to play. From the wings, Marianela Nunez (as Myrtha) bourrés swiftly and silently across the stage. In that moment she was truly an elusive spirit from another world, gliding in and out of our vision. I bought tickets to see Osipova's extraordinary Giselle, but Nunez's magnificent portrayal of Myrtha was truly a sight to behold. I started to cry from the sheer beauty of the scene, so much so that I spent the remainder of Act 2 squinting through my tears...

  34. David Thomas responded on 31 December 2016 at 6:53pm Reply

    Carlos Acosta's farewell. What a memorable evening that was ! The formal conclusion to Carlos' great contribution to The Royal Ballet and the end of a very special era. I feel privileged to have seen him dance on several occasions over the years and have loved to watch his grace and outstanding technical skill. He has been the Royal Ballet's greatest asset and instrumental in attracting a younger audience to ballet and in supporting Tamara Rojo and Marianela Nunez to great heights. He will be sorely missed and I sincerely hope his International Dance foundation project will go from strength to strength. Thank you Carlos.

  35. elleG responded on 31 December 2016 at 7:47pm Reply

    My enjoyment of the Royal Ballet has been much enhanced during 2016 by the upward development of longer serving dancers and newly emerging talent alike. Particular mentions for Nunez and Muntagirov (both wondrous separately and together) alongside Morera, and for rising stars Naghdi, Ball, Hayward, Sambe, Stix-Brunell, O'Sullivan and Clarke who gladden the heart whenever they are on stage. I also like watching the newer members of the corps, many of whom seem exceptionally talented. But it is those I have named (interestingly spread across most ranks of the Company) for whom I gladly fork out a small fortune. Here's to an equally wonderful 2017!

  36. Angela Mounsey responded on 31 December 2016 at 8:09pm Reply

    Two standouts for me - the riveting and moving Obsidian Tear premier with Calvin Richardson and Matthew Ball and Yasmine Nahgdi and Matthew Ball's debut as Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince in The Nutcracker.
    Looking forward to what 2017 will bring.

  37. elleG responded on 31 December 2016 at 11:16pm Reply

    I meant, in my post above, to mention the ballets I enjoyed the most: Two Pigeons; Giselle; The Invitation; Fille mal Gardee; and Anastasia. Absolutely loved Anastasia and was thrilled that it returned to the RB's rep.

  38. Lynne responded on 1 January 2017 at 1:41pm Reply

    So many!!! Rhapsody/Two Pigeons – all casts in both but particularly Hayward/Hay in Rhapsody (heart-meltingly beautiful) and Takada/Hay and Stix-Brunell/Ball in Two Pigeons (tear-inducing); Giselle – both Nunez/Muntagirov and Takada/Kish were breathtakingly beautiful; Osipova’s last Act in Anastasia was mind-blowing in its attack and intensity; I absolutely loved Frankenstein – a sensitively-portrayed adaptation of the book, whilst also providing choreography so beautiful in its musicality, pure drama and spectacular theatre (plus I adore Laura Morera!)! Fille mal Gardée – Roberta Marquez’s final performance so perfect in its portrayal of Lise, wonderfully partnered by Alexander Campbell, to be followed by Hayward/Sambé’s pure delight of a performance. Then, sneaking in at the last minute, terrific debuts as Sugar Plum/Prince by Hayward, Naghdi/Ball (such a wonderful partnership – to be nurtured and treasured, I hope) and Calvert/Clarke (sadly couldn’t make Stix-Brunell/Edmonds’ performance which is why I haven’t mentioned them). And lastly, RB’s fabulous corps de ballet who just seem to get better and better. Oh – and Gary Avis and Bennett Gartside in everything they do! Thanks so much to ALL the dancers – my London life would be infinitely poorer without them!

  39. James Black responded on 1 January 2017 at 8:07pm Reply

    Marquez and Campbell in Fille, Campbell in Pigeons, Yanowsky and Clarke in After the Rain, Osipova in Anastasia at the cinema, Hayward and Hay in Rhapsody and Winter's Tale, Calvert in Winter's Tale, Arestis in Winter's Tale and Anastasia. Looking forward to seeing Naghdi and Ball in Beauty, must see Muntagirov more and Cuthbertson again.

  40. Simon Smith responded on 1 January 2017 at 10:07pm Reply

    A fantastic year. 10 June promotions and joiners press notice has to be the highlight with a succession of wonderful performances from Francesca, Alex, Yasmine, Matthew, Reece et al emphatically demonstrating their artistry. Congratulations to Kevin O'Hare and all at the Royal Ballet for nurturing such talent. And so good to see established dancers flourishing: Winter's Tale, Anastasia and Frankenstein gave multiple casts real opportunities to develop their talents resulting in the raw, gut wrenching performances that explain why ballet is so gripping. All good wishes for 2017.

  41. Nadia responded on 1 January 2017 at 11:04pm Reply

    With so much beauty, especially during the snow ballet in the nutcracker - 31.12.2016- I felt blessed. Peter Wright is a magician.

  42. Timmie responded on 2 January 2017 at 10:48am Reply

    Nunez and Muntagirov in Giselle, absolute best by far this year. Looking forward to the release of the recording.

  43. Brian responded on 2 January 2017 at 1:59pm Reply

    Standouts of the year for me were the luminous Yuhui Choe in La Fille Mal Gardee and Within the Golden Hour and Yasmine Naghdi in The Invitation.

  44. Sue Hopgood responded on 2 January 2017 at 8:19pm Reply

    Taking my friend Teresa to a live screening of Gisele. She'd never even watched a ballet on TV before. She says I've turned her into a ballet nut!! We've since seen the Nutcracker & are planning on taking her Granddaughters to Sleeping Beauty at the end of February.

  45. Carol responded on 2 January 2017 at 8:42pm Reply

    After refreshing my browser on a daily ( sometimes hourly!) basis my persistence paid off and I finally got two precious tickets for 'Elizabeth' with Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in the Linbury studio. Despite some stunning performances on the main stage, this was my 2016 highlight. Being so close to the dancers in the intimate surroundings of the Linbury and the wonderful combination of dance, song and verse was exhilarating. Zenaida was perfectly cast as Elizabeth and she brought a poignancy and elegance to the performance which will stay with me for a long time. Beautiful! So sorry to see that she is retiring but wishing her all the best for the future.

  46. Callum responded on 2 January 2017 at 8:53pm Reply

    The highlight for me was Yasmin Naghdi as Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty. I'd never seen her perform before and merely heard of her until now. Naghdi gave an outstanding performance and I was left in ore of her incredible talent and flawless technique. She brought a radiant charm and sense of playfulness to the role that kept me smiling right up until I got home. Her beautiful extensions and balances seemed so easy but made me gasp every time! I will definitely be returning to see her perform in other future productions and I think she may quickly become one of my favourite ballerinas along side the incredible Marienela Nunez!

  47. Anton responded on 3 January 2017 at 1:45am Reply

    Lauren Cuthbertson as the Sugarplum Fairy was our favourite (The Nutcracker) - but there were many other highlights!

  48. Andrew Grimmer responded on 3 January 2017 at 8:16am Reply

    Totally mesmerized by Wayne McGregor's Chroma at the ROH ... Wonderful dance, great music , kaleidoscopic lighting ......

  49. Rachael responded on 3 January 2017 at 9:06am Reply

    My highlights:
    1. Vadim Muntagirov & Marianela Nunez in Giselle (I hope the rumours of a DVD release are true!) Also Marianela as Myrtha.
    2. Yasmine Naghdi as The Girl, in The Invitation.
    3. La Fille Mal Gardee - such an absolute joy to watch this ballet, that I splashed out & saw numerous performances. Especially loved those I saw with Vadim & Marianela, Roberta Marquez & Alexander Campbell, also Marcelino Sambe.
    4. Matthew Ball & Yasmine Naghdi as The Nutcracker's Sugar Plum Fairy & her Prince. Looking forward to their debut in Sleeping Beauty.
    5. Zenaida Yanowsky & Reece Clarke in After The Rain.
    6. Francesca Hayward & James Hay in Rhapsody.
    7. The Two Pigeons. Casts I especially enjoyed: Beatriz Stix-Brunell & Matthew Ball; Lauren Cuthbertson & Vadim; Yuhui Choe & Alexander Campbell - the latter were particularly moving.

    Hope to see a lot more Ashton ballets performed by the RB in 2017/18.

    Would also like to mention the following dancers, whose quality of performance consistently enhanced all the productions I saw them in: Olivia Cowley, Laura Morera, Bennet Gartside, Gary Avis; Thomas Whitehead, Ryoichi Hirano, Calvin Richardson, Kristen McNally, Paul Kay & Luca Acri.
    Plus the Corps de Ballet who have been on wonderful form.

    Huge thanks to all at The Royal Ballet for some superb performances in 2016.

  50. Theresa responded on 3 January 2017 at 11:15am Reply

    It was seeing my daughter design an opera costume at purfleets roh open day...she loves designing clothes etc for her ponies so to get the chance to actually see costumes in real life was her dream

  51. Dave Morgan responded on 3 January 2017 at 2:35pm Reply

    Yasmine Naghdi's SPF - I'd been waiting months to see her dance that variation (as we couldn't see the school's matinee), and was beyond enthralled watching her. Best since Miyako Yoshida in my book (and it was Miyako dancing this that got me hooked on ballet!)

  52. Gwyneth Macaulay responded on 3 January 2017 at 4:39pm Reply

    Scarlett's Frankenstein - but anything by Scarlett is stunning

  53. Nick Tearle responded on 3 January 2017 at 5:02pm Reply

    La Fille Mal Gardee - wonderful stuff!

  54. Ana responded on 3 January 2017 at 6:33pm Reply

    Seeing the Royal Ballet for the first time live at the Opera House was my highlight this year- a big dream of mine came true. I follow the RB for many years now and have seen almost every cinema relay and got every DVD I stumbled across. So seeing everything happening in front of my eyes, has been one of the best things of my life so far. From the nice lady selling programmes, to eating olives in the interval and of course everyone involved in the McGregor Triple Bill - which was incredible (Carbon Life! I couldn't help dancing a bit myself up there in the amphi).
    Performance wise - Lauren Cuthbertsons looks she gave us while dancing the Sugar Plum Variation during the live relay. The whole show was ridiculously good and everyone on (and off stage I bet) on fire.

  55. Jakegee responded on 3 January 2017 at 7:12pm Reply

    So many memorable performances that it is difficult to single out one, but the one which brought me out in goosebumps was Reece Clarke and Zenaida Yanowsky in "After the Rain" - sublime!

    Wonderful also to see Carlos Acosta and Zenaida in "Elizabeth" in the Linbury Studio - Carlos's final appearances as Guest Principal at the ROH. We miss him so much!

    "Rhapsody" with Francesca Hayward and James Hay outshone all others! And I enjoyed seeing all casts in the wonderful "Two Pigeons" - special mention here to congratulate Christopher Carr on his hard work on this revival.

    Vadim and Marianela wonderful in "Giselle".

    Loved "Frankenstein" which I never anticipated could make a successful ballet.

    Vadim and Laura excelled in "La Fille Mal Gardee" as they did in the previous season!

    Then Francesca and Marcelino had such a perfect double debut as Lise and Colas, too! Great prospects for the future!

    Laura Morera brought stunning drama to the role of Anastasia.

    My final visit of 2017 to the Royal Ballet was the New Year's Eve matinee of "The Nutcracker" with Reece Clarke and Claire Calvert in debut roles. Outstanding!!

    Finally I would like to congratulate Kevin O'Hare on his directorship, nurturing the amazing talent in all ranks of the dancers. It was wonderful to read of his promotions in June. All so well deserved.

  56. Karen Heard responded on 3 January 2017 at 7:22pm Reply

    My favourite ballet this year at The ROH was without a doubt Frankenstein closely followed by The Nutcracker. Frankenstein was beautifully crafted and poignant. I've seen The Nutcracker many times and this production was one of the best.

  57. Lynn responded on 3 January 2017 at 7:26pm Reply

    Laura and Bennet in Anastasia, gut wrenching - gives me goose bumps just thinking about it.

    Frankenstein - Liam is a creative genius. Wonderful choreography, sets and a fantastic score from Lowell Liebermann. Federico, Laura and Steven were outstanding and the whole company on top form. The final PDD for Victor and the Creature was unforgettable.

    Francesca and Marcelino in their Fille debut.

    Winter's Tale - all casts superb but I'm still haunted by Bennet's face when he realises the appalling consequences of his actions.

  58. susie cochin de Billy responded on 3 January 2017 at 8:53pm Reply

    My highlight was seeing Tristan Dyer dance in Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein - truly amazing!

  59. Audrey responded on 3 January 2017 at 11:41pm Reply

    My highlight was seeing Anastasia. What a beautiful ballet - it should be performed more often!

  60. Joy Lambrick responded on 4 January 2017 at 5:58am Reply

    My two highlights were:
    Firstly Elizabeth - what a wonderful fusion of talent this was. A fantastic cast altogether, not to mention Will Tuckett's choreography. Zenaida Yanowsky was superb as Elizabeth and Carlos Acosta on brilliant form. A fitting final goodbye.
    My second highlight were the debuts of Marcelino Sambe and Francesca Hayward in Fille. I'm sure many expected a lovely performance from Francesca but Marcelino perhaps took some by surprise. His fizzing exuberance and at other times tenderness was a joy. Bravo.

  61. Malcolm Tremain responded on 4 January 2017 at 8:46am Reply

    The Flames of Paris, Bolshoi Ballet, breath-taking and beautiful. This was an exceptional performance for me. The fact that I shared it with my wife on our anniversary made it even more wonderful. Bravo!

  62. John Thorburn responded on 4 January 2017 at 12:39pm Reply

    I'm afraid my love of ballet at Covent Garden has dimmed over the last few years. Sorry to be gloomy. But why oh why did Monica Mason let Alina Cojocaru go. Having watched the RBallet for over 35 years and there hasn't been a dancer so talented, so moving. PLEASE ASK HER BACK!! John T

  63. Robin Smith responded on 4 January 2017 at 1:14pm Reply

    So many great memories of 2016 but the biggest Wow was Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball in the Grand pas de deux in The Nutcracker of the evening of December 27th. Absolutely breathtaking. Stunning. Sublime.

  64. Howard Ward - Ure responded on 4 January 2017 at 3:27pm Reply

    My best moment. Attending a live screening at the Regal Cinema, Redruth, Cornwall of Carlos Acosta's final performance in Carmen and seeing Stephen McRea in the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Unbelievable!

  65. Patrick Buckingham responded on 4 January 2017 at 9:44pm Reply

    I adored the revival of Rhapsody in January which demonstrated (if I needed to be told) that Ashton could create a startling modern ballet in his later years. Frankie Hayward and James Hay personified Ashtonian style in all its glory and gave me one of my stand out ballet moments of 2016.

    I am a fan of the longer runs which we are now seeing and the opportunities this presents to younger dancers to dance some of the principal roles. This has been a noted innovation under Kevin O'Hare's directorship and has given me some of my other favourite ballet moments of 2016. For example, Frankie Hayward and James Hay dancing their socks off in Act 2 of Winter's Tale in June, the playfulness of Frankie Hayward and Marcelino Sambe in Fille Mal Gardee in October and Luca Acri and Anna Rose O'Sullivan debuting in Nutcracker. The company is blessed with an amazingly talented crop of young dancers whose development I am lucky to see and observe across the seasons.

  66. Stephen Jay-Taylor responded on 4 January 2017 at 10:23pm Reply

    The most important thing was the revival of Anastasia, even in the less-than-helpful current staging (too uniformly dark and prosaic). And the worst was Frankenstein, dramaturgically hopeless, scenically incompetent (on the first night the woman next to me turned at the end, wondered if I was familiar with Shelley's novel, and asked if it actually ended with a volcanic eruption)

  67. Christine Mendoza-Frohn responded on 13 January 2017 at 7:23pm Reply

    As ROH passionate family, in 2016 / 17 we came three times from Düsseldorf to London to see Frankenstein, La fille mal gardee and the Nutcracker and had two back stage tours. All was so fabulous and special. The snow scene in Nutcracker made us cry. Thanks for the very special Christmas emotion - this was our favourite moment. We will return ;-)

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