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The opera’s a masterpiece but the production doesn’t quite come off: ENO’s The Dead City reviewed

1 April 2023

9:00 AM

1 April 2023

9:00 AM

The Dead City

London Coliseum, in rep until 8 April

English National Opera has arrived at the Dead City, and who, before Christmas, would have given odds that this new production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt would ever make it this far? This is late-Romantic music-drama on an exuberant scale; it simply doesn’t lend itself to pubs and car parks (even the reduced version staged – superbly – at Longborough last summer used an orchestra of some 60 players).

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