The Program Notes also mentioned that Berlioz was a music critic then and panned the opera as being too "sugary" given all the tunes in it. I say "the more the merrier."
The concert was not well attended. Chao Ming went to the box office to buy one more ticket and got “upgraded” to Prime Orchestra (all the way from Family Circle). We did take them back to their car parked in South River, so it was about 12:30 am when we got home.