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The best classical and opera this November 2020

 Psappha at Hallé St Peter’s Manchester plus LSO & Simon Rattle & Krystian Zimerman at Barbican Hall

English Touring Opera Autumn Season, October to December

English Touring Opera have conceived a socially distanced programme of staged monodramas and song-cycles. Domestic conflict and isolation are the topical themes for the first evening. Poulenc’s devastating La voix humaine sees an unnamed woman plead and reproach her former lover in a painful telephone call that may or may not end in suicide. An English theme runs through the other two programmes, which bring Shostakovich’s mercurial Romances on Verses by English Poets together with the inscrutable beauty of Britten’s…

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