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THE GODFATHER LIVE  
Saturday 17th September 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

THE GODFATHER LIVE WITH FULL ORCHESTRA - Following the extraordinary success of sold out shows’ at London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Godfather Live, a celebration of the crime classic regularly cited as one of the greatest films ever made, returns to the UK.

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BBC PHILHARMONIC - HAYDN'S THE CREATION  
Saturday 24th September 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

‘When I think of God,’ said Joseph Haydn, ‘I can write only cheerful music.’ The Creation makes his point perfectly, yet this choral masterpiece offers much more than just blithe-spirited joy. The composer’s suitably exalted vision of a universe emerging from chaos inspired music of monumental grandeur, laced with sparkling melodies and soaring choruses.

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LAST NIGHT OF THE AUTUMN PROMS  
Saturday 15th October 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

A feast of uplifting classics crowned with a jubilant proms finale, including all your proms favourites: Hornpipe , See conq’ring hero, Rule, Britannia!, Nessun Dorma and Land of Hope and Glory.

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GRAND ORGAN GALA  
Sunday 16th October 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

Hilary Davan Wetton conductor | Darius Battiwalla organ | Fanfare Trumpeters Of The Band Of The King's Division | Manchester Chorale

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SIMPLY GERSHWIN  
Sunday 6th November 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

Broadway glamour and toe-tapping tunes in an all Gershwin extravaganza featuring the very best music, song and dance, featuring a glamorous ballroom duo and two sensational tap dancers.

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HANSEL AND GRETEL  
Wednesday 8th to Saturday 11th March 2017 - The Lowry
Perhaps the best-loved operatic fairy tale of them all, Hansel and Gretel is also one of the darkest. Featuring some of Humperdinck’s most enchanting music, Hansel and Gretel is the perfect treat.
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CINDERELLA  
Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th March 2017 - The Lowry
An evening of pure magic is in store uniting the fun, fire and brilliance of Rossini’s music with a fresh and witty production.
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DER ROSENKAVALIER  
Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th November 2016 - The Lowry
Perfectly poised between comedy and pathos, Der Rosenkavalier is Strauss’ declaration of love for the soprano voice and abounds with gorgeous music, sumptuous period costume and comic intrigue.
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BILLY BUDD  
Thursday 10th November 2016 - The Lowry
The evocative music and stunning set promise that Billy Budd, often considered one of Britten’s greatest achievements, will be an unforgettable evening.
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THE SNOW MAIDEN  
Friday 10th March 2017 - The Lowry
A gorgeous and lyrical evocation of the natural world, Rimsky Korsakov’s delightfully colourful score is based on a well-loved Russian fairy tale.
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IL TABARRO / SUOR ANGELICA  
Friday 11th November 2016
Expect to be taken on an emotional journey as the dark atmospheric music of Il tabarro meets the ethereal beauty of Suor Angelica.
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ELLEN KENT'S LA BOHEME  
Saturday 12th November 2016 - Opera House

Starring Olga Perrier*, the international French Soprano as Musetta and the International critically acclaimed soprano Ecaterina Danu as Mimi. Directed by Ellen Kent, this brand new production is traditionally staged and features beautiful sets and costumes.

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SPACE SPECTACULAR  
Saturday 12th November 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

John Williams Star Wars, Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. | Holst Mars & Jupiter from The Planets | Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra; Blue Danube Waltz

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MOZART REQUIEM BY CANDLELIGHT  
Sunday 13th November 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

Soraya Mafi soprano | Kitty Whately mezzo-soprano | David Webb tenor | Andrew McTaggart baritone | Crispian Steel-Perkins trumpet | David Juritz violin | Michael Bawtree conductor | Canzonetta choir | Mozart Festival Orchestra in full 18th Century costume

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JOHN WILSON  
Wednesday 30th November 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

Featuring hit songs and iconic sound tracks from the movies including Funny Girl, My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz, Hello Dolly, Star Wars, Gigi, Tom & Jerry at MGM, Gone with the Wind plus lots more!

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CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT  
Thursday 15th December 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

Canzonetta choir | Mozart Festival Orchestra in full period costume | Keri Fuge soprano | Michael Bawtree conductor

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KATHERINE JENKINS  
Monday 19th December 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

Join Katherine Jenkins as she performs a magnificent concert of her favourite music and songs accompanied by a live orchestra. Anthony Inglis conductor | Manchester Concert Orchestra

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CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR  
Thursday 22nd December 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

Sarah Redgwick soprano | Nicky Spence tenor | John Rigby conductor | Manchester Concert Orchestra | Manchester Chorale | Jingle Belle Dancers

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CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGALONG  
Saturday 24th December 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

Sing your heart out as Jonathan Cohen leads you through a fun-filled jamboree of his most-loved carols and hits including Mary’s Boy Child, Let it Snow, Saviour’s Day, O little town of Bethlehem, Merry Christmas Everyone, Once in royal David’s city, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Merry Christmas Everybody.

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LAST NIGHT OF THE CHRISTMAS PROMS  
Monday 26th December 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

Ilona Domnich soprano | Alexander James Edwards tenor | John Pryce-Jones conductor | Manchester Concert Orchestra

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ZIMMER vs WILLIAMS  
Tuesday 27th December 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

The very best scores from the two greatest film composers of the 20th Century in one fabulous programme.

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THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA  
Saturday 14th January 2017 - The Bridgewater Hall

The UK’s most renowned big band swings you back in time playing Glenn Miller’s own arrangements of favourite wartime chart-toppers and hits from the forties directed by legendary band leader Ray McVay.

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JOHANN STRAUSS GALA  
Sunday 15th January 2017 - The Bridgewater Hall

Johann Strauss Dancers in glorious costumes of the period | Johann Strauss Orchestra | John Rigby conductor | Corinne Cowling soprano. Spend an enchanting afternoon enjoying all your favourite waltzes, polkas and songs from the Strauss era.

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APOCALYPTICA PLAYS 'MEALLICA BY FOUR CELLOS'  
Monday 27th February 2017 - The Bridgewater Hall

Finnish Rockers, Apocalyptica, released their epic debut 'Plays Metallica By Four Cellos'. The instrumental cello-driven rock opus changed the landscape of heavy music for years to come. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the album, the group is re-releasing it remastered with 3 bonus tracks.

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ELLEN KENT'S LA BOHEME  
Wednesday 3rd May 2017 - Palace Theatre

La Boheme is one of the most romantic operas ever written. It tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer. The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include, a local brass band, snow effects and Muzetta’s dog will also make an entrance.

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ELLEN KENT'S NABUCCO  
Thursday 4th May 2017 - Palace Theatre

Ellen Kent returns with a new production of the very first opera she ever produced. Verdi’s haunting and melodic chorus of the Hebrew slaves follows the plight of the Hebrews as they are forced from their homeland into exile by the Babylonian King Nabucco. This powerful tale is laced with revenge, destruction and jealousy.

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ELLEN KENT'S AIDA  
Friday 5th & Saturday 6th May 2017 - Palace Theatre

Aida, the grandest of all Ellen Kent’s operas, returns  in Autumn 2016 to the UK with a stunning new traditional production, boasting an impressive new set built by Set-Up Scenery in the UK, who also build sets for the Royal Opera Covent Garden.

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