I saw it, and I must say Fleming surprised me. She was completely believable and in command all the way. On the whole, I liked Christine Schafer's Sophie, but she did have to strain to reach her high notes. Fleming's, on the other hand, were as lovely and as effortless-seeming as you could hope for. Susan Graham...well, I thought she'd be stronger. Or maybe someone was fiddling with the volume controls again.

Now, I know this is sacrilege to say about an opera written for three varieties of soprano, but I thought the best voice on that stage came from Baron Ochs. Kristinn Sigmundsson is a wonderful singer, and I loved every minute he was on the stage. He's a pretty good actor, too.