The music is superb, the singing i superb. But... the total experience is a disappointment.
This production is a modern one. But it has so many hard-to-understand modernisations. In the opening scene, when you expect a stylish beautiful high society party, all men - and women! - are dressed in men's dark suits. Why?
These performers have all, in other productions, proven themself as both excellent opera singers and excellent opera actors, but here there talants get wasted.
One, among other strange things, is when a bare breasted man with pierced nipples puts on Violas red dress in some incomprehensible meaning. Why?
What did we not understand in the original script?
And even if we would like these modern flirts is seems like a low cost production - no expensive decor, no expensive costumes and dresses.
This is a pity especially when the singers, the orchestra and conducter still are doing such a superb job. This would work perfectly as audio cd!
Don't waste your money on this, instead buy "Teatro alla Scala, Milano 2008", with Angela Gheorghiu and Ramon Vargas. That's how it should be done!