Hmmmmm. We went a few weeks ago to a Met Talk about this Opera so we would have familiarity. I loved the talk, more a history of the idea of making an opera about the old west than anything about making of the actual opera. So I was prepared. Pleas remember I am not an Opera Lover. The music was lovely, the story ridiculous. I made the mistake of opening my eyes and waiting for John Wayne. I should have kept them closed and enjoyed the music.
Maybe because I am a movie lover, I expect a story. I expect or desire lovely flowing prose because I read. SO when I get bogged down in the words of the opera.. well, its not pretty.
4 hours plus!