This one of the rare disks in which everything is perfect, or as near perfect as can be. The fact that Helen is supposed to be the most beautiful woman on earth poses something of a challenge to the producers. Felicity Lott is a superb singer and a charismatic actress with a fair share of glamour, but presenting her as the most beautiful woman on earth raises some credibility issues. The producers solved this problem in an elegant manner by presenting the story in Ms Lott's dream. Ms Lott is absolutely perfect as a love-deprived wife of a boorish husband who has already dozed off as Ms Lott enters the bed. The rest of the cast is well-picked too. Yann Beuron as Paris is good, both as a singer and Ms Lott's toyboy. Granted, you can bear better yodelling in Austria, but Beuron has Elvis-like charm that invokes "lust at first sight" in Ms Lott. Michel Sénéchal, being 20 cm shorter than Ms Lott and dressed in a bathrobe, is a perfect choice for Menelaus, Helen's perfectly unexciting husband. The staging is splendidly imaginative in all acts.
There are three sound tracks and subtitles in several languages, including English and French. There is ample amount of laughing from the audience to convey a feeling of presence, but fortunately nobody is coughing their lungs out.
The secret of good comedy is timing, timing and timing, and this is where this performance excels. Instead of alternating play and music, I have the feeling of seeing good theatre and hearing splendid music at the same time. Minkowski does an admirable job in the pit. I don't know how this disk could be improved.