Natalie Dessay is the Lucille Ball or Imogene Coca of opera. She can make the driest story incredibly enjoyable, and she certainly does that in this opera. Between her perspective and that of Director David McVicar, this was much more fun than we expected it to be. The countertenors were also a breath of fresh air. The music is beautiful - and, being Handel, reminiscent of both the Messiah and the Water Music. Altogether, a great way to spend the afternoon.