Wow. This was the operatic event of the year. Full star cast, superb conductor, new production from the typical enfant terrible and a lot of money. Plus, of course, the rare opportunity to see and listen to the original French version of the opera. With such high expectations it was rather difficult to match them, but we were fortunate and we had a magical opera night. 20 minutes of applause with 3 rounds of individual salutations say it all.