I must admit that I normally don't go flocking to a modern opera. But I went to see the Metropolitan Opera's simulcast of the Tempest and, boy, I'm glad I did. It is absolutely fabulous!!! The music snuggled itself around the story and characters and Shakespeare's verse - beautifully - it was there, nurturing, supporting, and playing its proper role. The performers were spectacular, bringing out their music and their characters. The staging, the stage, the custumes were superior. And - did I mention Shakespeare? His story and verse was beautifully presented even after the necessary changes to produce the libretto from the original text. Finally, the overall broadcast, bringing in the background, the interviews with the performers, and the peak backstage at how it all is put together: Over-the-top cool!! This one not to be missed.