Featuring timeless classics, 20th century masterworks, a world-renowned chanteuse and more, Manchester’s 2024 opera programme offers some of the best compositions and vocal performances across an unmissable calendar of breathtaking shows.

Here are the best opera shows coming to the city.

Make sure you check out our guides to the best ballet performances and theatre shows around Manchester this year.

The Hallé: Verdi's Simon Boccanegra | Thu 18 Apr | 7pm | £16-£46.50

Led by globally renowned Music Director Sir Mark Elder, The Hallé delivers a flawless rendition of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra in its original 1857 form, performed in partnership with Opera Rara and the Chorus of Opera North.

Packed with gripping political intrigue, ill-fated love and hollow-eyed revenge, Verdi’s three-act masterpiece revisits his perennial core theme of the bond between a father and daughter with tragic consequences.

Lower Mosley Street Manchester, M2 3WS, Tel: 0161 907 9000
Ute Lemper: Time Traveller | RNCM | Sun 28 Apr | 7.30pm | £34

Performing songs from her new album alongside a selection of classics from across her sparkling career, celebrated chanteuse Ute Lemper brings her virtuosic musical interpretations and peerless vocal versatility to the RNCM for one night only on Sun 28 Apr.

Hailed as one of the world’s most exciting singers, Lemper has garnered worldwide acclaim for her renditions of Brecht and Weil, as well as multilingual compositions by Phillip Glass, Sondheim, Ferre, and Piazzoll.

124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD, Tel: 0161 907 5200
Opera Scenes | RNCM | Thu 6 Jun, Tue 11 Jun | 6pm | FREE

Featuring excerpts of compositions by Mozart, Donizetti, Britten, Barber and Humperdinck, Opera Scenes stars the RNCM’s Vocal and Conducting students in a wondrous reimagination of opera’s greatest ever moments through a vibrant, accessible and completely free series of musical vignettes.

No ticket required. Check out the programme for Opera Scenes on Thu 6 Jun here, or find out more about the show on Tue 11 Jun below.

Sweeney Todd: A Victorian Melodrama | The Lowry | Thu 6 - Fri 7 Jun | 2pm, 7.30pm | From £20.50

First staged in London’s East End in 1847, the original hair-raising, throat-shaving melodrama has been thrillingly recreated by Opera della Luna in a captivating production which was voted Best Show by The Times.

Running for just two days at The Lowry, the gripping original tale of Fleet Street’s Demon Barber promises to terrify and entertain in equal measure with a wickedly funny restoration of the murderous musical, brimming with gripping suspense and shot through with operatic flourishes.

Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Mon 15 Apr 2024