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This week saw a wealth of classical music on offer in venues across the UK, from London’s Coliseum to Kings Place in London.
The English National Opera (ENO) opened its new production of The Dead City, a contemporary opera by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. Directed by Annilese Miskimmon, the opera told the story of a young man’s journey through a post-apocalyptic world, and featured a large cast of singers and performers. The production was praised for its “unforgettable” visuals and “taut, intense” score.
Meanwhile, Manchester Collective’s Black Angels saw music from George Crumb’s iconic string quartet performed alongside new works from composer-in-residence, Jonathon Dove. The performance was described as “hauntingly beautiful”, with the audience “transfixed” by the group’s “deeply moving” performance.
In London, Kings Place hosted Re:sound – Voices of Our Cities, a concert presented by Streetwise Opera in collaboration with the BBC Concert Orchestra. The concert featured music from across the world, including pieces from the UK, Israel, India, and Iran. The concert was praised for its “rich diversity” and “uplifting” messages.
Overall, the week was a testament to the vibrancy of classical music in the UK, with a range of performances that showcased the range, depth and power of the genre.