Ha, well it could be interpreted as a command, but accompanied by scenes of Eva in a hospital, a wheelchair, being carried, etc. and delivered by Madonna in what I saw as a non commanding way, I'm not sure.
I would like to see a take like your director's. The original certainly leaned towards the interpretation of the audience members you mentioned. Prince's choice to flip the scene after Don't Cry for Me greatly added to this. The words by themselves "listen to that, the voice of Argentina, we are adored we are loved" do not automatically say "manipulation". But having them delivered as a "secret" aside in that way certainly does.
It was interesting for me to compare with Here Lies Love. I think Evita, in staging and lyrics, does lean towards being anti-Perons. In Here Lies Love I felt Imelda's situation was presented more neutrally. I found myself pondering for weeks after: was she a terrible person taking advantage of the country or was she a victim who made it big and worked tirelessly for the people? Her husband was portrayed in a more blatantly negative light.