It took a lot of living for me to be ready to appreciate opera. I'm there! Having experienced the Met and having experienced the HDLive version, I'd rate both as enriching, satisfying, engaging, fun escapism. Giulio Cesare was a feast for the eyes and ears. I hadn't expected to laugh so much - totally enjoyed the anachronisms and inside jokes. The performers were consummate entertainers. I'll look forward to the next season.