English National Opera: Rodelinda

Rodelinda is one of the most loved Handel operas. But as most of baroque operas it’s really tricky to stage it nowadays in a production that both makes sense to contemporary audiences and keeps the drama in a natural way. And that’s the best we can say about this Richard Jones production: it perfectly tells you the story without feeling artificial. Anything else in the production is also quite good: costumes, lighting, sets…

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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.

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ENO: Aida

This was my first visit ever to the ENO so first some generic considerations. The venue Oh man, London Coliseum is huge. Really huge. I was expecting something like a mid-size opera theatre, as the Komische Oper in Berlin. But not. It’s huge. Interior is mixed, with narrow rooms and bars with a look of the late 90’s fitting into a old-fashioned-theatre-but-renewed. The hall decoration is kind of exuberant and the stalls seats/disposition are the ugliest I have ever seen.

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