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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

P A.TOT ,MC I G N D I Y U S A,-O E BR-3 . 6

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1965

NEW YORK OPERA:
'Barber's' Sets Imaginative;
Acting, Staging Both Weak

By GLEN LITTONt
A few seconds after the curtainf
lifted Sunday evening on the Newe
York City Opera Company's pro-'
duction of "The Barber of Se-
ville," the audience's expectations!
for an evening of excellent operaF
were at their highest.-
The orchestra had just finished o
a trim performance of Rossini'se
overture, marred only by a 50 per
cent loss of the orchestra's tonalV
depth in the folds of the make-t
shift Hill Auditorium proscenium.-
The set was impressive, the
costumes colorful. The eye couldn't
have been more pleased, nor the'
mind more certain that this eve-a
ning the New York City Operaa
Company would present a spiritedt
and witty "Barber."
Unfortunately, the ultimate test
of good opera is not the eye but
the ear. Although the lighting
and costumes for Sunday night's!
production were original, the act-
ing was hackneyed and the sing-
ing lacked the buoyant spirit and
vivacity that Rossini demands.
Agility Not Lacking
This is not to say that the prin-
cipals lacked technical agility.
Gene Bullard as Count. AlmavivaI
sang with precision but without
depth or dramatic inflection.
Whether his voice is naturally
light, or whether Hill Auditorium
demands a Wagnerian tenor in
every role, can't be determined,
but he was often the loser in
battles of volume with the orches-
tra.
Figaro, played by Dominic Cos-
sa, was another principal who
lost to the orchestra's propensity
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totum" degenerated into mumbling had impressive vocal reserves,
when the polysyllables came so their shenanigans came closer to
fast and so quietly that they didn't acting than those of the rest of
even carry as far as the first the cast.
balcony. Looking like two characters in
The company's finest voice is a Hogarth print, they occasion-
Patricia Brooks, who portrayed ally made the audience forget how
Rosina. The part was originally clumsy the acting of the rest of
written for mezzo-soprano but is the principals and chorus was.
often sung, in a slightly rearrang- The poor staging, however, can-
ed version, by colloraturas. not be laid at the feet of the
Miss Brooks is a coloratura. principals. Few singers are good
whose voice was a little too tepid actors. But few directors of opera
to capture the brilliancy of the care to expend the energy to at
showy, rearranged Rossini arias. least hide this weakness.
Comic Relief If the company's stage director
Comic support for the princi- had used as much imagination as
pals was provided by Noel Tyl the set and costume designer, the
as Don Basilio and Spiro Malas New York City Opera Company's
as Dr. Bartolo. Although neither "Barber" could have been sharp,
to over-power. His "Largo al fac- i comic opera.

Across
Campus
TUESDAY, NOV. 23
p.m.-Department of Speech
University Players Performance of
Shakespeare's "Henry VI Part III"
will be given in Trueblood Aud.
8:30 p.m.-University Music So-
ciety will perform Grand Ballet
Classique de France at Hill Aud.
8:30 p.m.-David Polosky, clar-
inetist, will give his School of
Music degree recital at Recital
Hall, School of Music.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24
5 p.m.-Thanksgiving Recess be-
gins.

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