Ah, what fun! To tell the truth, I went to this opera only because my wife wanted to see it, but how glad I am I did! It was a romp. The plot is so silly that the question of suspending disbelief doesn't even come up. The singing was so unforced it was a real pleasure to listen to, like "Oh, what's this coming up, a high C, OK, sing it, all right, that's done, what's next?" What surprised me was seeing how good a comic actor Anna Netrebko is, in everything from her dainty little ballet steps to her tomboyish bouncing up and down on the bed (which must have been a trampoline for her to get up so high). Good show, from start to finish.