The music was enjoyable, but for me that silly story kept getting in the way. In particular, the way the characters kept making 180-degree emotional turns in an instant, even the chorus! When Leila and Nadir were discovered, the crowd was screaming for blood...put them to death, they must die, etc. Then Zurga walks in and sings a few lines about showing some mercy, and the crowd immediately changes its tune to...oh yes, we must be merciful, forgive them! Ludicrous.
But it was nice seeing a baritone turn out to be a good guy for a change.