English National Opera: The Barber of Seville
Before going to this ENO production I had read that it was a National Institution (sic). Then, well, how low standards! I found the production boring, slightly dumb, with a slapstick humor too old fashioned. Settings were too-sweet and too-cute. Characters were plain, with an timorous/stupid Almaviva even making fun of himself. There was no intelligence in Figaro neither picardy in Rosina.
Griffiths conducting missed a lot details in the music while exaggerating other parts. Sometimes it languished with slow tempi. This time I had a problem with the translation. Fast italian agilità arias doesn’t work well in English.
Eleazar Rodriguez as a mexican has done a good work to sound British as Almaviva but then Italian as Don Alsonso. He started with a cold Ecco, ridente in cielo and never reach a very good rossinian level.
Sarah Tynan started as well cold, with a decaf una voce poco fa. Her best moment was, surprisingly, Cara immagina sung in italian.
Morgan Pearse has a good voice but a plain singing. His acting was in the same line.
Cessa di piu resistere was cut, to add a final disappointment to the night.