I own six recordings of Lohengrin, and eagerly awaited this recording, having heard Heppner sing the role at the Met. On first listen I was very impressed with the overall recording, but immediately noticed the obvious flaws. Let me start out by saying that Ben Heppner is a perfect Lohengrin, as other reviewers have said the role is tailor made for him. It lies in the best part of his voice and allows him to showcase all of his many talents. Sharon Sweet is likewise a wonderful Elsa, maybe the best around, although I'd love to hear Deborah Voigt give it a try. She has a marvelous understanding of the role and ample voice to bring it to life. This recording is worth it just to hear these two. However, once Act II starts the obvious flaws of this set becomes readily apparant, sometimes painfully so. The Teleramund and Ortrud on this set are just awful, Sergei Leiferkus sounds very unconvincing, his metallic, slavic tone is all wrong for a German lord, and he butchers the language. Eva Marton, simply butchers the listeners ears; she shrieks, cracks and groans her way through the role. She makes Callas in 1975 sound good. She is simply just terrible for the role, I don't mind an ugly sounding Ortrud, Randova on Solti is not pretty but she is very convincing. The rest of the cast is quite good, Rootering and Terfel both sound great and bring a nice depth to their roles. All in all, I would reccomend this set to someone interested in hearing the finest Lohengren around today, and a great Elsa, but be warned most of Act II is pretty brutal. Do yourself a favor and listen to Act I up to Ortrud's appearance, skip most of Act II, and then sit back and luxuriate in a truly sublime Act III.