Staging was bold and dramatic, BUT, was change only for the sake of change. The goal seemed to be: 'Be different at any cost'. And costly it was! This interpretation showed a lack of respect and sensitivity to Verdi. Decker's work is more about himself than the composer -- so the changes (such as the "all male" chorus) struck us as unintelligent and pointless. We are great fans of the Met, but believe this interpretation is sadly lacking. Closing one's eyes and listening to the music was the best approach.