I have some sympathy with the review above in French, which complains about the tyranny of the modern opera director imposing his personality on the composer's oeuvre to the detriment of the music. Some of the staging of this opera is quite frankly ridiculous...especially in the first act scene shown on the DVD cover. It would be preferable, in my opinion, since Haydn's operas are so rarely performed in the theatre, to have a more conventional production. Save the avant-gardism for operas we know better, and could arguably use the sweep of a new broom to give us a fresh viewpoint.
Nevertheless, this issue aside, the performance is excellent on practically all other grounds. The singing of the entire cast is impressive, I can't find a weak link. The stimulating, bold attack, as always in this repetoire, of Herr Harnoncourt and his forces is a revelation...a very young man our esteemed conductor at 80 years!