I attend the opera at the MET, view in HD at the theatre and take courses in Italian opera. It was the best opera I have ever seen and I have been going to opera for many, many years.It took my breath away and moved me to tears. I have seen Natalie Dessay in many operas. Truly, in my opinion, this performance was her absolute best. I am unfamiliar with the rest of the cast but was thrilled at their performance. Even though I enjoy attending opera at the theatre, I wish i had been at the MET this Saturday.