Giants Are Small's production of Gyorgy Ligeti's absurdist opera was presented by the New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fisher Hall in May 2010. The production turned out to be an immediate success, with the New York Times calling it an "instant Philharmonic milestone" and the New York Magazine making it the "best classical music performance of the year" in its 2010 top ten chart. The orchestra was conducted by Alan Gilbert. The show was directed by Doug Fitch and produced by Edouard Getaz. Costumes by multi-Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber. Lighting design by Clifton Taylor.