I didn't much care for Raul, but I basically liked the other people. This Carlotta is the longest running Carlotta worldwide, supposedly. She has done over 4,500 performances. The weird thing for me was the chandelier. It was always close to the stage, and when it "fell," it sort of coasted onto the stage slowly with a flash but no crash. I swear when I saw it 13 years ago, it fell straight down over the audience and then swung onto the stage. Tonight the chandelier was pathetic, really. Oh well. The rest of it was cool. The stage was beautiful, the music is enchanting as ever, and this time I didn't even have Patrick sobbing in the seat next to me!