I have an aversion to 'minimal' productions, with a black stage and curtains and nearly no props; you might as well just get the CD and have done with it! This is very different. The mirrors covering the back of the stage, opening up at times to reveal glimpses of scenery are both surreal and very convincing. You aren't distracted from the opera by the gimmick, just accept how it enhances the story but without really thinking of it.
I must confess that I have only seen this opera once before on a VHS with Kiri Ti Kanawa, and although I love Kiri Ti Kanawa's voice and presence, I was bored with the opera! It seemed to dwell on each scene too long and I kept losing interest.
This is different. I was enthralled throughout. Could be the quality of the singers, their voices and their projection of themselves into the roles. I persuaded myself to buy this one, 1st by the price! but mainly by a previous reviewer who praised the quality of the singing. How right he was! Buy it!