This is, on the whole, an excellent production. Angela Gheorghui and Jonas Kaufmann are perfect in the lead roles. My one complaint is with Bryn Terfel as the Baron Scarpia. Bryn also stars as the devil in my version of Faust. I have always pictured Scarpia and the devil as very sophisticated personages. Bryn is about as sophisticated as a bull rhinoceros in heat. His voice level is, for the most part, triple fortissimo. I do have a couple of questions. What possible use is a safe passage that is written on a piece of blood soaked paper and why is it necessary for the firing squad to march into position in slow motion?