Had I known this was a "modern" opera I would not have wanted to see it...and I would have missed an extraordinary experience. What a masterpiece!

I think, though, that the HD screen version is the only way to get it all: The intimate relationship with the characters, the incredible poetry of the libretto, the ingenuity of the costumes, the direct emotional bite of the action, even an appreciation of the backstage operations.

There ought to be another category for this work of art; "opera" in the traditional sense it is not. I know of no other opera that delivers such an immediate, gorgeous, compelling and rewarding experience.