This is a DVD of the same La fille du regiment production shown earlier this year on the HD telecast from the Metropolitan Opera. I´ve written in details on the HD transmitted performance here, all of which (with a few exceptions) also applies to the DVD, and need no repetition.
The most notable exceptions: As the Duchess of Krakenthorp the vastly irritating Marian Seldes of the MET was replaced (or rather it was the other way around) by the much superior Dawn French. But most importantly Bruno Campanella brought much more life to the score than Armiliato did at the MET.
Furthermore, Natalie Dessay seemed in better voice, though I still have the impression she is tearing rather heavily on on her vocal reserves. Juan Diego Florez was the same. At least to a non-Florez, non-belcanto afficionado as myself..
In brief, I found this production both funny and inventive. Most, if not all of this DVD may be seen for free on YouTube.
Natalie Dessay, Chacun le sait:
The bottom line (scale of 1-5, 3=average):
Juan Diego Florez:
Felicity Palmer: 5
Alessandro Corbello: 5
Bruce Campanila: 4-5
Laurent Pelly´s production: 5
Overall impression: 5