This is a Rossini serious opera and it is subject to the usual problems of long arias accompanied by little action. This makes it hard to make the production visually interesting during these long arias. The scenery and acting seem okay and sort of in style, but the basic plot is of little interest. What this means is that if the opera production is to succeed, the singing must be superb and arresting. Ellen (June Anderson) sings adequately though with some annoying repetitive mannerisms. Her lover Malcolm (Martine Dupuy), a cross dressing mezzosoprano role, is really quite good. But what has kept me from watching the whole opera is the horrible male singing. These three singers (two tenors and a baritone) epitomize all that can be done to discredit opera. They bellow, wobble out of control and ignore the pitches to be sung (I think) so that there is no sense of a vocal line. I simply can't watch the whole opera and will surely donate this DVD to someone who just wants to know how the plot unfolds.