If you are familiar with Respighi music, this is after the style of "The Pines Of Rome", no great arias or melodies but the music supports the characters, and there thoughts and moods and is brilliantly orchestrated. The sets are are brilliant. Starting with the woodland scene with a pathway which merges into the projected backdrop. The backdrop also changes almost without being noticeable from one time of day to another and varies to reflect variations in the plot. The scene within the cottage is also very well done. The plot is really a rather sad love story, but the characters are from two sides, the humans and the forest creatures. The costumes and make up of the fauns, elves, the remarkable Ondine, and the elves is second to none, a credit to the wardrobe and make up artists. Our heroine is the woodland faun, Rautendelein played by Valentina Farcas, a light but expressive soprano who seems to be made for the part. Our hero is Enrico, a very good tenor who excels in his more emotional moments, he is the bell maker, and part of the plot involves the woodland creatures not wishing it to be installed in the village, so they put it in the lake. The inhabitant of the lake, The Ondine, is not only worthy of mention for hid base baritone, but also for his fantastic costume, and his hole in the ground. He is sung by Thomas Gazheli. The witch, Agostina Smimmero is a worthy mezzo, and is incidentallythe the grandmother of Rautendelein. The other main character, Magda who is the wife of Enrico, has a short but passionate role in act two is Maria Luigia Borsi, a strong soprano. There are a number of minor nominated roles and there is not a weak link among them. I would refrain from developing the plot more, but one little snag is that in he extensively informative booklet I cannot find a synopsis, so looked one up on the internet. Thus I recommend this opera as among the best all round production in my collection, and will be aired very regularly.