Lucia is one of the sacred monsters of opera -- an acknowledged masterpiece of its kind. If this is one of your favorites, or if you've never seen it and want to see what all the fuss is about, you can't go wrong with this presentation (there's an encore coming up soon). The star, Natalie Dessay, is probably the best Lucia of our times, and her love interest Edgardo is played by Joseph Calleja, who's a pretty good actor with an amazingly beautiful voice. The rest of the cast is fine overall, and we may even be seeing a future star in the minor role of Arturo, who's basically there to sing for 5 minutes and then go off to the bridal chamber so Lucia can go nuts, stab him to death, and come back for the famous mad scene. The staging and direction add greatly to the effect. One problem: it seems like the orchestra is being fed to the surround speakers instead of the main ones, and they can't quite handle the massive sound. Is this just my theater, or the Met?