This is a very bitter sweet performance from opera's one time golden couple. The opera which brought them so much praise when they first performed it is now, sadly, their swansong. The Alagna/Gheorghiu marriage was in its decline when they performed in this opera and it shows. Gheorghiu's Magda remains just ever so slightly aloof and Alagna's heartbreak in the final act is extremely moving. A real case of life mirroring art here and all the more poignant and beautiful for it.