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This week, classical music aficionados were treated to a variety of performances, from the English National Opera's production of The Dead City to the Manchester Collective's Black Angels, and Re:sound's Voices of Our Cities.
At the ENO's Coliseum in London, The Dead City, a new opera composed by Anna Meredith, was met with rapturous applause. This darkly comic adventure tells the story of a young woman who finds herself in a dead city populated by ghosts and monsters. The production was directed by ENO's Annilese Miskimmon, who brought a sense of energy and wit to the production. The set and costumes were particularly striking, creating a vivid world of eerie beauty.
Meanwhile, at Kings Place in London, the Manchester Collective brought their signature energy to George Crumb's Black Angels. The performance was a mix of intensity and beauty, with the collective's arrangements adding an extra layer of depth to Crumb's already powerful music.
Re:sound's Voices of Our Cities was a celebration of the power of music to bring people together. Over the course of the evening, performers from Streetwise Opera, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and The Sirens explored the relationship between music and the cities of the world. The performance was both uplifting and moving, with a strong sense of community throughout.
This week saw a variety of performances that showcased the beauty and power of classical music. From The Dead City to Black Angels, and Voices of Our Cities, classical fans were spoiled for choice.