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Performer: Giles Cadle

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Songs of innocence and experience: Falstaff at Garsington

Henry Waddington (Falstaff) © Clive Barda
Bruno Ravella's fast-paced Falstaff for Garsington still has crucial space for pathos amid the comedy, with a notably subtle central performance from Henry Waddington.  
****1
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Entertaining but not entrancing: Turnage's Coraline

Mary Bevan (Coraline), Kitty Whatey (Other Mother) and Ghost Children © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
Mark-Anthony Turnage's take on Neil Gaiman's classic young adult novella is well sung and well staged, without quite reaching peak intensity.
***11
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Testé, Spyres and Pudova stand out in Hoffmann

Olga Pudova (Olympia) © Wilfried Hösl
Offenbach's vivid setting of E.T.A. Hoffmann's fantastic tales gets an enjoyable outing, with Spyres, Testé and Pudova the undoubted stars of the show.
***11
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Cenerentola provides plenty of comedy and revels

La Cenerentola is the final component of Opera North's fairytale season, with every voice and every character getting a chance to revel in Rossini's intricate ornamentation.
****1
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A real feast: Opera North's Hansel and Gretel

Opera North's Hansel and Gretel at the Grand Theatre Leeds, directed by Edward Dick, is witty and perceptive, with some insights provide by Freudian psychanalysis
****1
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Snowflakes and sunflowers in Leeds

Opera North's new production of The Snow Maiden is the first professional staging in the UK for over 60 years, although the magic is intermittent
***11
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