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This week saw the launch of a series of exciting new operatic works, as well as a vibrant celebration of the music of George Crumb and the voices of our cities.
At the English National Opera's Coliseum, Annelise Miskimmon's The Dead City was premiered. This unique new production, inspired by the book of the same name, tells an intimate and powerful story of a city in the grip of a mysterious virus. The production was further enhanced by the stirring music of Manchester Collective, creating a vivid atmosphere of tension and energy.
The Barbican Centre was also alive with music this week, as the Kings Place Re:sound festival brought the sounds of George Crumb's Black Angels to life. The performance was led by the acclaimed BBC Concert Orchestra, and featured a range of soloists and choir singers, creating a powerful mix of classical and contemporary sounds.
Elsewhere, the streets of London were filled with music, as Streetwise Opera and the Re:sound festival presented Voices of Our Cities. This ambitious project saw a range of local performers unite to put on a series of concerts, designed to bring the spirit of their cities to life.
Overall, this was a week of diverse and exciting classical music. The Dead City, Black Angels and Voices of Our Cities showcased the range of sounds and styles that classical music has to offer, and the high calibre of performances across the board was a testament to the skill and passion of all involved.