Garanca was amazing, and I still don't understand how in men's clothing in Act I, she looks so convincing as a man -- a very handsome one, at that -- and in Act II, when she's in the prison smock, she goes back to looking like a beautiful woman. She's a terrific actress.
I loved Frittoli in this. Of course, with it being miked, I have no idea how it sounded in the house, but Vitellia seemed a lot more comfortable for her voice than Donna Elvira, and she out-Erica Kaned Susan Lucci.
I loved Lucy Crowe: what a wonderful Met role debut.
I think this cast and production really got to the guts of the piece. Only Mozart could make opera seria into a weeper.