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This week saw the English National Opera’s production of The Dead City at the Coliseum in London, an ambitious new chamber opera by Manchester Collective. The production, directed by Annilese Miskimmon, was a powerful and moving exploration of the effects of war on individuals.
The opera was accompanied by a stunning performance of George Crumb’s Black Angels, performed by the Re:sound ensemble at Kings Place. The piece featured a variety of instruments, including electric guitar and marimba, which created an emotionally charged atmosphere.
The week also saw the launch of Re:sound’s Voices of Our Cities project, which aims to celebrate the music and culture of London, Manchester and Liverpool. As part of the project, Streetwise Opera and the BBC Concert Orchestra collaborated to create a new work, The Sirens, which was performed at the Barbican.
The week ended with a performance of Black Angels at the Barbican, which was an electrifying performance, featuring an array of instruments and an intricate use of electronics. The piece was highly acclaimed by the audience and critics alike.
Overall, this week was an exciting and varied one for classical music fans. There was something for everyone, from the powerful and moving Dead City to the electrifying Black Angels. The Re:sound project is a great way to celebrate the music of our cities and the BBC Concert Orchestra’s collaboration with Streetwise Opera was a great example of how classical music can be made accessible to all.