I'm not much of a fan of French opera, Italian is my passion. But this got great reviews in the New York Times, and there's a new tenor on the scene, Bryan Hymel, who stepped in when the Met's original tenor stepped down. He was superlative, as were other members of the cast, especially Susan Graham.
It's five plus hours long, but there are two intermissions. The second act I could do without - it was boring, as there was little action and way too much ballet and singing that were so repetitive as to lull you to sleep. But the first and the third acts were fine. The staging was spectacular.
I would still never add this opera to my DVD collection, but I am very glad I went. This is a seldom performed opera because very few opera houses have the resources to put this spectacle on.
Belioz himself died without ever seeing the opera performed in its entirety.