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

This week in classical music has seen a variety of performances from some of the most exciting classical ensembles around.

The English National Opera's (ENO) performance of The Dead City at the Coliseum in London has been met with critical acclaim. The contemporary opera, composed by George Crumb and directed by Annilese Miskimmon, is a powerful exploration of the impact of war on individuals and communities. The production features a cast of some of the UK's finest singers, backed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

At Kings Place, the Manchester Collective presented their new show, The Black Angels, which reimagines the works of George Crumb for an intimate chamber ensemble. The group have been praised for their creative approach to the music, creating a mesmerising sound world that is both beautiful and unsettling.

Meanwhile, Re:sound: Voices of our Cities, a collaboration between Streetwise Opera and the BBC Concert Orchestra, brought a mix of classical, folk and spoken word to the stage at Kings Place. The performance featured music from composers such as Anna Meredith, Shabaka Hutchings, John Barber and David Bruce, as well as spoken word performances from poets and activists.

This week's classical performances have been a powerful reminder of the power of music to connect us, to make us think, and to bring us joy.