This was the 4th performance of Un Ballo in Maschera that I've seen, and it was by far the best sung. My only disappointment was in the sound quality, especially in the first act. Other Live in HD performances that I've attended have made me feel as if I'm really at a live performance, but this one sounded more like a recording. The problem wasn't the theater where I saw the opera: that became clear during the first intermission. The sound when Joyce Di Donato was rehearsing Maria Stuarda was breathtakingly good. It was what I had hoped for (and expected) in Ballo, but something in Ballo wasn't right: perhaps the microphones were poorly placed in the opera house but not in the rehearsal room? The sound seemed to improve in the 3rd act, but perhaps I was just used to it by then, I'm not sure. Had this been my first Live in HD performance, I'm not sure I'd have attended a second one.