OK; I'll come clean and say that while Strauss is, in my estimation, a demi-god at his best, even Homer nods...and I am delighted to discover that the distinguished music critic Robert Levine shares my view of this opera. Strauss is up there for me with my very favourite composers, but I found this opera to be a real bore. It is in the son-of-"Rienzi" (equally hard going - see my review) style, not the scintillating, inventive voice of the more mature Strauss and some scenes and arias are just interminable. I realise that this contradicts the earlier review but I note that it is rarely performed and that this is a recording of a live performance; you are unlikely to see a top-quality studio recording for good reason. Strauss never got over his pique when Munich rejected this, his first attempt at opera - but in truth it really isn't a success as entertainment. As it stands, the sound quality and standard of interpretation are very good; Alan Woodrow is tireless in the thankless eponymous role and Elisabeth Wachutka, although a bit sour, tackles her role gamely. If you are a Strauss completist, then you will buy this - but I thought I was one and I gave it away, knowing that I really didn't want to hear it again when I could hear "Die Frau Ohne Schatten" instead, and wanted a splurge of Straussian glamour.