OK, first a confession - I have never liked opera and never saw the point, but I bought this because my 2-year-old daughter saw some opera on telly and was fascinated. Feeling the need to encourage this habit, but unsure what to get, I plumped for something famous, but without the daft costumes...and this was fantastic! At the start the sets look really cheap, but this soon becomes irrelevant as a brilliant cast hook the viewer in with real acting and amazing singing, bringing the story to life. If you like your opera with fancy clothes and people standing still while they sing, this isn't for you. If you've never tried opera I can recommend this, hey act II even makes me laugh out loud! One caution - the subtitles were done on even more of a budget than the sets, so you have to concentrate.