Production-wise, this is excellent. The costumes and sets are wonderfully done, and the videography is interesting to say the least, loved some of the shots. I love Verdi's score to death. Like the story, it is one of his more complex ones, and is full of amazing moments, especially Carlo and Rodreigo's duet, the duet between Phillip and Rodreigo which is really quite scary, Rodreigo's death aria and Phillip's lament. And the singing and acting are top drawer.
Placido Domingo is wonderful here, it is not the best I've seen him, but he does demonstrate an amazing voice and great stage presence. Louis Quilico is a good Rodreigo, though he takes some time to warm up and is rather stolid, he blended well with Domingo and his death scene was very moving. Mirella Freni is both stunning and riveting, I have always loved for her alluring personality and big beautiful voice, and this is no exception as she is heart rending sometimes here, while Grace Bumbry with her seductive diction is for me one of the best Ebolis there is. Nicolai Ghiaurov is just amazing here, there are several roles that were made for him(ie. Gremin, Colline) and this is one of them. So noble, so firm with a presence that literally leaves you on the edge of your seat. And Ferruccio Furlanetto is one of the most imposing and chilling Grand Inquisitors I've seen.
Overall, very interesting and effortlessly performed from all involved. 10/10 Bethany Cox