Liudmyla Monastryrska (Aida), new to the Met, is an amazing soprano and actress--a rising star. This opulent production is the best I've seen, and truly does Verdi's tragic spectacle justice. In addition to fine performances, beautiful costumes, sets and staging, the choreography and dancing was delightful. It entertains at every level, and yet is profoundly moving. Aida is a must see, so catch its Encore performance.