The week in classical: The Dead City; Black Angels; Re:sound – review

This week saw a range of classical music performances that explored themes of mortality, loss and the power of the human voice.

At the English National Opera’s Coliseum in London, Annelise Miskimmon’s production of The Dead City – a reimagining of the Orpheus myth – provided an emotionally charged start to the week. Featuring a stunning score from Manchester Collective, the performance explored the power of love and loss, and the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

The week continued with a performance of George Crumb’s Black Angels at Kings Place. This modern classic, featuring a string quartet and electronics, is a powerful exploration of the darkness of war and the fragility of life. The performance was a moving reminder of the cost of conflict and the resilience of the human spirit.

The Re:sound series at London’s Southbank Centre saw Voices of Our Cities, a collaboration between Streetwise Opera and the BBC Concert Orchestra. The performance explored the power of the human voice in a celebration of culture and diversity. Through a range of styles and genres, the performers showcased the strengths of the human voice and the power of music to bring people together.

The week concluded with a performance of The S, a work by the composer Anna Meredith. The piece, which featured a live choir and orchestra, was a powerful exploration of mortality and the fragility of life.

Overall, the week provided a range of performances that showcased the power of classical music and the human voice. Through emotionally charged works and powerful performances, the week reminded us of the beauty of music, the strength of the human spirit, and the fragility of life.