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Opera And Classical Concerts Listings

Our recommendations for March - June 2013

Written by . Published on March 19th 2013.

Opera And Classical Concerts Listings

WE delve into the cultural world of classical concerts to bring you a definitive list of what to see and do during the coming months. There is no need to travel to Vienna to be inspired by the masterpieces of great European composers when they’re right on your doorstep. Provided is a comprehensive list of traditional compositions by the great names as well as something different and contemporary... 


Bridgewater Hall

The Hallé

Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 March, 7.30pm, £10 - £36

Led by conducter Sir Mark Elder, the concert opens with ‘Papa’ Haydn’s life-affirming London Symphony - the composer’s musical response to the excitement of city life is entertaining, surprising and ever-eloquent.


The Halle

Manchester Arena

Alfie Boe

Saturday 23 March, 7.30pm, £25 - £47.50

After selling out his 23 date UK tour in 2012, Alfie Boe, one of the most recognisable contemporary names in Opera, comes back to Manchester. 2012 was a big year which included an appearance in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert as well as the sale of 750,000 copies of his albums Bring Him Home and Alfie. Support comes in the form of the extremely talented Emilia Mituka.


Alfie Boe

Christ Church

Maestro: 200 years of romance and drama. A gala to celebrate Verdi

Saturday 30 March, 7.30pm, £12

It's been 200 years since the birth of the grand composer Giuseppe Verdi and to celebrate, Christ Church in Didsbury has decided to hold a gala night in his honour. Included within the ticket price is a free glass of wine. How else would anyone want to spend the evening while sopranos such as Benedetta Orsi perform a number of Verdi favourites?


Tickets available on the door.



Bridgewater Hall

The Hallé

Saturday 13 April, 7.30pm, £10 - £36

Internationally-renowned singers Angelika Kirchschlager and Jacques Imbrailo are the soloists in Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a highly original and richly contrasted song cycle based on German folk poetry.


Angelika Kirchschlager

Bridgewater Hall

The Hallé

Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Sunday 21 April, 7.30pm, £10 - £36

Organist Jonathan Scott performs, beginning with one of the four overtures Beethoven composed for his only opera Fidelio. The work contains quotations from the opera itself and powerfully conveys in microcosm its overall progression from darkness to light.


Jonathan Scott

Royal Northern College of Music

Mozart’s Requiem and Gounod’s St Cecelia Mass by East Lancs Sinfonia

Sunday 21 April, 7pm, £14

This production is brought to you by a choir of an international cast of soloists with the help of 130 voices and the backing of East Lancs Sinfonia. The Royal Northern College of Music is one of the most respected venues in Manchester and always provides an excellent experience. Tickets will be available on the night for this event so get there early if you don’t want to miss this excellent piece by Mozart.


Tickets available on the door.

Wolfgang Mozart


Manchester Opera House

Tosca by Chisinau National Philharmonic Orchestra

Friday 26 April, 7.30pm, £10 - £39.50

Having already appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, Opera & Ballet International perform Ellen Kent’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca to the backdrop of Chisinau National Philharmonic Orchestra. The highly acclaimed soprano Elena Dee takes us through the treachery, pain and love of the popular opera.  



Manchester Opera House


Saturday 27 April, 7.30pm, £15 - £35

If you are still not fulfilled by what Ellen Kent has to offer then you’ll be happy to see the same cast walk out to perform Carmen. First performed in 1875, the world renowned Carmen hits the Manchester opera house this April. Set in Seville, we are taken through the story of a gypsy girl (Nadia Stoinava) not content with the one man, Don Jose. This eventually leads to murder, passion and jealousy. 




Bridgewater Hall

BBC Philharmonic

Thursday 9 May, 7.30pm, £10 - £34

Igor Stravinsky has gone down in history as one of the most influential classical composers. Juanjo Mena, still in his first season with the company, takes us through one of the most identifiable pieces of music the world has witnessed since it was first released 100 years ago, The Rite of Spring.



BBC Philharmonic

The Odeon

Midsummer Night’s Dream by The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Sunday 19 May, 6.30pm, £10 - £12.50

Live from Berlin, Claudio Abbado conducts us through a production of William Shakespeare’s famous play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The classic play takes us into a world filled with fairies and love potions. For hundreds of years the play has been retold but now A Midsummer Night’s Dream makes its way to one of Manchester’s biggest screens. Included in the live broadcast are introductory interviews and behind the scenes footage.  


The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The Bridgewater Hall

Hallé Thursday Series

Thursday 23 May, 7.30pm, £10 - £36

The Hallé Thursday Series aims to represent the widest range of repertoire, whether acknowledged symphonic masterpieces, neglected works or new music. Paul Lewis is internationally recognised as one of the leading pianists of his generation. An acclaimed interpreter of the classical repertoire, here he performs Mozart’s exquisite A major concerto.



The Halle



The Bridgewater Hall

An HD Odyssey: The Earth and the Planets by The London Philharmonic Orchestra

Wednesday 26 June, 7.30pm, £15

For the unconventional crowd, we recommend something that would have Brian Cox weak in the knees. Aided by actual footage from NASA missions, Duncan Copp shows all the natural wonders within our solar system. This award-winning production is making its European premiere and features scores by John Adams and Gustav Holst performed by the London Philharmonic.



The Earth And The Planets

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AnonymousMarch 18th 2013.


Judith WatsonMarch 19th 2013.

Can you add the fabulous Manchester Camerata events on 23 and 26 March; 20 and 23 April; and 18 May. Thanks.

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