It was very cleverly conceived. Though many seemed to criticize the repetitions, the countertenors, the dressed in drag, etc. it was more entertaining than the original concert presentations and made more understandable. After all, it is a Baroque piece, composed long ago when repetitions were always done. When they are cut you were criticized for doing so. It is an art to be able to repeat many times but with different inflections and feelings. One should study a little background before seeing any opera to really understand it. Both Dessay and Daniels have the parts under their belts though their voices are not as strong as they once were. The mother and son were at their all-round best. It was really worth seeing and hearing.