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This week in classical music saw the English National Opera's production of The Dead City at the Coliseum, London, alongside a performance of George Crumb's Black Angels by Manchester Collective at Kings Place, and Re:sound – Voices of Our Cities at Streetwise Opera.
The Dead City, an opera by Nico Muhly and Craig Lucas, was given an exhilarating performance by the ENO. Directed by Annilese Miskimmon, the opera tells the story of a family struggling to come to terms with their grief in the aftermath of World War One. With a powerful score by Muhly, powerful singing from the cast, and a clever staging, this was a poignant and moving production.
At Kings Place, Manchester Collective presented a compelling performance of George Crumb's Black Angels. The piece explores the horrors of war, and the Collective's performance was both powerful and intense, making for a thrilling experience.
Finally, Streetwise Opera's Re:sound – Voices of Our Cities was a celebration of our cities through music, featuring an array of new works and performances by the BBC Concert Orchestra and Streetwise Opera, alongside a host of other collaborators. The programme included a mix of street-inspired performances and classical pieces, showcasing the rich musical heritage of our cities.
All in all, this was an exciting week of classical music, and one that showed the breadth and diversity of the genre.