Between the ENDLESS repeats, the idiotic gimmicks -- with loads of stupid anachronisms -- (WWII warships and BLIMPS!) and what justly could be called "countertenor overload," Peter Gelb's latest excursion into opera "updating" produced one of the most tiresome afternoons I've spent in a long time. Natalie Dessay, who, according to published reports and interviews, dotes on this sort of stuff, must be at least as much to blame for this load of nonsense as director David McVicar. Judging from her vocal lapses yesterday, Dessay is in the twilight of her career. I always will remember her fondly for her role in "Fille du Regiment" rather than in this Caesarian turkey. Neither will I run to see David Daniels again anytime soon. Pardon them, Maestro Handel, for they know not what they do!