Musically the opera seemed in line with most productions of Aida. I applaud the Bregenz performances because of their innovative style and use of the lake background. Acoustically the opera works well in this open air setting. The same is true of Giordano's Andrea Chenier, performed a couple of years later. I think that Andrea Chenier was a better production. My main problem is that opera is really a fantasy, and the sets in this Aida did not match the image of the glory of Ancient Egypt. All the pomp of Pharaoh's kingdom looked a little bit tired and shabby, and the Nile really looked polluted (probably was in those days). Nevertheless, I'm happy to have the opera, and am pleased that the producers took the time and spent considerable funds to bring it to the general public on Blu-ray. I look forward to acquiring more operas from this festival, especially The Magic Flute, performed in 2013.