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Performer: Jennifer France

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Even crazier than the books: Gerald Barry's Alice

Clare Presland, Claudia Boyle, Hilary Summers © ROH | Clive Barda
Barry goes for out-weirding Carroll at a fast and furious pace. There's plenty of fun and it's beautifully staged – but is that enough?
**111
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Clown court: Offenbach's Fantasio at Garsington

Hanna Hipp (Fantasio) © Clive Barda

The UK stage debut of Offenbach’s neglected Fantasio reveals a musical sizzler, but directorially it needs a more sympathetic touch than Garsington musters.

***11
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Bacchic ebullience in Beethoven from Thomas Adès

Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
The culmination of Thomas Ades' Beethoven cycle with the Britten Sinfonia channels Beethoven's atavistic energies. 
****1
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Anthropocene: a timely chiller from Scottish Opera

Jennifer France (Ice) © James Glossop

Climate change, challenged egos and a strange Ice woman tell a gruesome tale in Anthropocene, a finely sung new opera from Stuart MacRae, with libretto from Louise Welsh, set in the Arctic with a cinematic score.

***11
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France and the CBSO faultless in New Year's Concert

Jennifer France © Nick James
Following the recipe of the New Year Concert from Vienna, the CBSO demonstrated their ability, but not much originality in this predictable programme. 
***11
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