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Ten Plagues: A Song Cycle finds “Tainted Love” singer Marc Almond teaming up with playwright Mark Ravenhill and composer Conor Mitchell for a song cycle about the 1665 plague of London. It’s an intriguing premise, resonating with the Aids catastrophe that gay men of Almond’s generation have been forced to endure, but the results fall flat.

The ex-Soft Cell singer’s voice lacks range and Ravenhill’s libretto is routine. Meanwhile Mitchell’s atonal piano score maunders around in a gothicky fashion, unwilling or unable to imprint itself on proceedings.

Marc Almond

Ten Plagues: A Song Cycle

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