Glad to see this beautiful opera set widely available again (even if I did have to pay four times as much for my set last year)! But this recording is worth whatever I had to pay as it stands above any other recording of Daphne that's out there. The main reason is the exquisite singing of Lucia Popp. Her performance is unsurpassed by any other recorded Daphne -- Renee Fleming and all. The sheer beauty and agility of Popp's lyric soprano voice is reason enough to buy this recording, but the deeply felt emotion and acting skill that this lovely woman possessed enhances her interpretation of this great Strauss role even further. Just listen to her closing scene qnd imagine how Richard Strauss would feel if he had been able to hear such a voice sing his wonderful music. This set is brilliantly conducted by Haitink who also gets great performances out of his orchestra and the other singers.