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A huge disappointment
on 22 July 2013
I bought this to watch with a friend who is unfamiliar with the opera. It is sung in English, though 90% of what is sung is incomprehensible, and there are no subtitles. Neither the principal soprano (Eilene Hannan) nor the tenor(John Treleaven) is up to the demands of the score. As far as I can tell, the orchestra plays well under Mark Elder, but, when accompanying the singers or chorus, its sound is "potted". The audience (this is apparently a 'live' performance, though this is not stated anywhere on the box or the inadequate insert)is not intrusive, except in end-of-act applause. The production is peculiar - set in a bedroom with an irregularly shaped pond in the middle. What a mess. Give it is miss! Incidentally, my friend who once worked for ENO, ended up with pretty well no idea of what had taken place!