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This week saw the launch of The Dead City, a brand new opera from English National Opera (ENO) at the Coliseum in London. Directed by Annilese Miskimmon, the new work was composed by Manchester Collective and performed by a cast of 12. It tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world in turmoil, weaving together a variety of musical styles and themes.
Meanwhile, Black Angels, a new chamber opera by George Crumb, premiered at Kings Place in London. The production, directed by Anna Gregory, was performed by Re:Sound Voices of our Cities and Streetwise Opera. The work was a combination of spoken word and music, exploring themes of power, identity and belonging.
The week's classical music offerings were rounded off by the BBC Concert Orchestra's performance of works by Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky at the Royal Albert Hall. The performance, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, featured solos from the Orchestra's principal cellist, as well as a selection of works by contemporary composers.
Overall, it was a week of varied and engaging classical music experiences, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. With The Dead City, Black Angels and the BBC Concert Orchestra, the classical music scene in London showed its breadth and diversity, while at the same time illustrating the strength and power of music to move and inspire.