We love going to the HD movie presentations from the Metropolitan Opera stage. This Strauss Opera was no exception.
In answer to your questions in the email, I laughed, I cried, and I scratched my head. Each of the parts of the singers were well portrayed, especially Renee Fleming in the part of the Marschallin. The female trio in the last act, is one of the most beautifully written pieces by Strauss and the three singers who performed it sang so beautifully and with such great passion that brought tears to my eyes. Even the minor singer parts were dramatically and comically portrayed as their part required. The crowd scenes had me scratching my head, as most crowd scenes do when everyone is talking at once, in this case singing at once.