Qualitatively speaking, what you get here is the cream of the crop. The singers are better than good, and they can sing, act, contort […] The world of opera with its ossified standards only stands to gain from such a shrewdly apt critique.

And opera proves to be lurid,
demented, exaggerated and ecstatic. This production can be wholeheartedly recommended, also as an antidote to any lurking fears about the genre itself.