I too loved it.
Candidly, this is difficult music for me; and I went not expecting to like it much. Indeed, I didn't like it much for the first 30 minutes or so, but once I tuned into Shostakovich's quasi-atonal "melodies", and especially his use of rhythm, I started to really like it. By the end, I was a total convert.....literally sitting on the edge of my chair (this was the MetHD showing) in amazement and excitement. I particularly enjoyed the ensemble pieces. The complexity and power of the quartet when Kovalyov and his servant sing about the letter on house right of the stage while Madame Podtochina and her daughter were to house left and above, was mind bending for me. It actually reminded me of some of the famous sextets etc in some bell canto operas (but of course in a completely different tonal landscape).
I even found the story moving. I'm a sucker for all that is absurdist in literature in any case, so it was easy for me to relate to the themes of how silly we humans are about our vanity, social standing, and priorities. I thought Gogol's story captured all this well.
I was blown away by the creativity of William Kentridge. As I'm sure has been said many times elsewhere, his use of video was remarkable. He drove the action with the same non-stop intensity as Shostakovich's music. Basically, I just loved everything about this production......a production I didn't even expect to like .
Three cheers for the MET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!