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

This week saw a plethora of captivating classical music performances and events, with a range of innovative new works, as well as classic favourites.

The English National Opera (ENO) presented The Dead City, a new work by Annilese Miskimmon, at the Coliseum in London. Based on a play of the same name by Irish playwright John Lynch, the piece follows the story of a city in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. The production combines elements of opera, theatre, and film, creating a captivating spectacle that challenges the conventions of the operatic form. The music, composed by Miskimmon, is a mix of classical and contemporary styles, featuring both solo and ensemble singing.

Elsewhere, Manchester Collective presented Black Angels by George Crumb at Kings Place. This powerful piece for string quartet is inspired by war, and explores themes of loss, grief, and death. The performance was deeply moving, with each musician conveying the intensity of the music with their own individual playing styles.

Re:sound – Voices of Our Cities, a project by Streetwise Opera and the BBC Concert Orchestra, also took place this week. The performance celebrated the music of contemporary cities, and featured a range of works from around the world. The programme included pieces by composers from London, New York, and Tokyo, as well as an African-inspired work by a Cameroonian composer.

Overall, this week saw a wealth of stimulating and inspiring classical music performances, highlighting the range of styles and influences that characterise the genre.