This is one of the clearest and most effective production of the opera I have ever seen. The diction is perfection, the acting splendid and even if the audio recording is not always perfect the drama more than compensates! How wonderful to see a production which is not absurdly concept driven and delivers this masterly work with such brilliance and emotional force. Oke and the cast are all on fine form and the setting is exquisite. Even if the cgi cloud masses were a little over the top at times, the general impression was of a superbly conceived and delivered theatrical triumph! Congratulations to all concerned. The blu ray transfer is visually excellent and the occasional sound "problems" were clearly inherent in the source material and in the circumstances entirely forgivable! One can only wish one was present at this landmark performance - but the blu ray certainly has it's compensations for those of us unfortunate enough to have missed it!