I'll probably get rotten eggs thrown at me for saying this, but I had a problem with Diana Damrau's appearance. I just couldn't pretend that so matronly a woman was a naive teenager. Yes, I know, the music matters more than anything else. So during the "Cara Nome" I closed my eyes and just listened...and it was beautiful. Maybe if I hadn't had to expend so much energy on ignoring the set with its "evolving neon" (gad!), I could have accepted her as Gilda.