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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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Hot ice and strange snow

Joshua Bloom (Bottom) and Soraya Mafi (Tytania) © Robert Workman
In Siberian conditions more akin to The Winter's Tale, a revival of Robert Carsen's season setting of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream offered a warm glow at the Coliseum.
****1
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Le nozze di Figaro at Garsington

Jennifer France (Susanna) © Mark Douet
A slick production from the Garsington Opera Company, who use the location of the Wormley Estate to their full advantage. 
****1
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Wigglesworth's Shakespeare full of eloquent clarity

Timothy Robinson (Camillo) and Iain Paterson (Leontes) © Johan Persson
An operatic take on The Winter's Tale – categorised as one of Shakespeare’s ‘problem plays’ – premieres at English National Opera. 
****1
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A stern Father's Day treat: Mozart Idomeneo at Garsington

Mozart's messy monster of an opera gets a brutalist tidy-up at Garsington, but the determinedly straightforward reading only makes this work's innate problems more obvious. 
***11
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