What amazed me was how completely it was Rigoletto's opera. The Duke has three big arias, two of them pretty high-voltage, and Piotr Beczala is a good actor, throwing himself into the role with just the right amount of flair. Still, it's Zucic you talk about afterwards. I know we did. He was really impressive.
As for the production...that was just the director and the designer showing off.