I would have paid very gladly to go see this for the original performance, and even bought this blu ray subsequently, had I been seated, say, 15 rows away from the stage and the orchestra. I have nothing to complain about the quality of the recording, its crystal clear resolution and the performance from the players. Very good sets, the costumes though tacky, are passable and the ambiance created on stage is lovely. Introduction of the ballet before last scene was actually quite pleasant and innovative.
What spoils this production is the clarity of the blu ray!!!!
This medium is for people to enjoy in their living rooms with close ups unimaginable in the hall, and the freedom to see and listen to the disc or parts of it repeatedly. It is a pure visual experience which has to be chosen with some sensitivity to its viewing public as well as the visual experience itself. Otherwise, a well recorded CD would do the job superbly.
Angeletti is certainly qualified and gives a mature display of her talents, but unfortunately in this blu ray, she looks closer to 50 than 15. That itself is a put-off...thoroughly unconvincing to say the least to a blu ray viewer. She would be and will be magnificent on the stage any day, even today to those sitting beyond 15 rows in the theater. But don't 'shoot' her for close-ups please.
All the others do their job quite very well, but the above factor by itself makes one want to switch off the screen and listen to the performance rather than view it.
The make-up is shoddy to say the least, and makes the girls look as though the talcum-powder ran out midway through the process.
A GOOD PERFORMANCE DOTH NOT A GOOD BLU-RAY MAKE, is my verdict on this. I would any day go back to the Freni/Domingo/Karajan or the Ling Huang/Troxel movie (which is visually pleasing indeed), whenever I wish to see this.