Some variety would have helped, some peaks and valleys. I guess that's hard to work in when everyone in the cast spends the entire opera singing about how much they're suffering. All that excess weight Netrebko is carrying now certainly hasn't hurt her voice, but I expected the Henry to dominate every scene he was in. The fact that he didn't...well, I honestly don't know whether that was the singer's fault or the opera's. It seemed right to have three Russian singers in the cast for the Met's first simulcast to Moscow, but I wish it had been a better opera.