I have to admit upfront that I bought this DVD as I wanted to see a performance from the recently constructed opera house in Valencia designed by architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava. I was not disappointed as, for a couple of minutes during the opening titles, the fantastic and futuristic architecture of the new building was dramatically featured, very much in the way that the Sydney Opera House is seen in productions from that venue.
For the most part, I enjoyed this production. The orchestra and singers, to this untrained person, seemed very acceptable. However, the sets could definitely have been more interesting and three-dimensional, better props and some additional lighting (I realize it is set in a grim and depressing prison) and something other than gray costumes on everyone, would also have helped. I also did not appreciate the special photographic effects where images were superimposed on one another and some close-ups seemed out of focus.
Overall, I think the production on this disk definitely deserves three stars but, in several places, it is so much better than this would imply.