First, the set: HORRIBLE. Also really did not like the direction: the theme of death so present, also Violetta overacting to a point where some parts were caricatural. What to say of the costumes??? I understand that Mrs. Dessay did not sing the evening before not being well - it is unfortunate that she decided to do so for the HD transmission - it was obvious she was not in top form. Overall not a production of the quality expected from the Metropolitan Opera.