The opera exceeded my expectations....having read some negative reviews.

I did not mind the time frame switch or the uncolorful sets, especially since I had not seen it before. A reviewer dwelled on that and made an off-hand remark about how great the singing was. But set design is not as relevant as the singers. I enjoyed all the voices. Some of the dramatic acting was outstanding......not something easily seen in a "life size" performance.

If only stage plays were available in HD transmission.