Simons has at his disposal an almost ideal cast of singer- actors, all of whom hurl themselves into the task. Thankfully, the director does not forget that this is a comedy, and his team gives us plenty of laughs.
Kurt Rydl's Osmin is a hilarious ham, sonorous and self- assured, light on his feet, with just the necessary edge of latent thuggery.
Mojca Erdmann, rake thin and waspish, sports a red riding coat, latex boots and a belt that she isn't afraid to use, playing dominatrix to keep Osmin at heel.
Yet she never falters on her silvery lines of coloratura. Michael Smallwood, her Pedrillo, plays his role with wit and a wonderfully light touch.
Laura Aikin's Konstanze is an altogether more serious character, as she should be, torn between passion and obligation, showing us a vast range of human emotion with kamikaze honesty. As Belmonte, Edgaras Montvidas has a less complex part, though he, too, experiences a coming-of-age, sung with clarity and charisma.
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