I heard some of this "sleeper opera's" music a couple weeks ago on the Sat afternoon live from the MET radio broadcast. Listening to the music made me decide to see the HD presentation at my local theater. This smart decision resulted in my not only seeing the opera in total but to experience it in a wide screen theater in HD. Unfortunately, the theater's sound system seemed to negate some of the music's greatness at times. It was like hearing LOUD boom boom noises at some places.

The actual production, singers and costumes were totally SUPERB as well as the enlightening interviews during the intermission. Previews of the upcoming season helped me to know more about operas unfamiliar to me It also helps me to decide whether or not to include them in the next season for periodic NYC opera trips at the MET, local theater broadcasts and elsewhere.