I agree with the previous reviewer here, this issue's a disappointment. Mehta's conducting features some eccentric tempi, and the seasoned cast, while on the ripe side for some of these sloooooooow renditions, acquit themselves nobly enough. My problem was two-fold; first, the sound balance is problematic. The orchestra's bright in both overtures, but the singers sound like they're all in Florestan's dungeon; no matter how I cranked up the sound, muffled and distant, rather than lively and sparkling, was the order of the day. And further adding to the detachment in the second act is the scrim used for the computer-generated projections that get us down, down, down to the prison cell. Between the muted sound and the gauzy singers, not much dramatic heat gets generated. If you like green, though, add a star to the above rating; in this production, Beethoven seems to have fallen into the Emerald City. The audience in Calatrava's new house seemed much happier with these goings-on than I, so perhaps the DVD production itself adds to the problems.