0 Music is listed as diary: by day, then by city, then by event.

FRIDAY 15 Glasgow

0 BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall. Broadcasting House. Queen Margaret Drive. Tickets: Room 209 or Reception. BBC, Queen Margaret Drive. 7.30pm. Free. Two works being recorded for future transmission Bartok‘s Dance Suite and Brahms' 3rd Symphony. George Hurst conducts. No children under 12 admitted and everyone to be seated by 7.25pm.


0 Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers Greyfriars Church. top of Candlemaker Row. 1.10pm. Free at door. A lunchtime recital of Easter Music from late 16th-century Rome for two choirs and instruments directed by Noel ()‘Regan.

SATURDAY 16 Edinburgh

0 Cello and Piano Recital St Bernard‘s Church. Saxe Coburg Street. Stockbridge. Tickets: 228 1155 (Usher Hall). 7.30pm. £3 (£2). Jonathan Tunnell and Caroline Dowdle in a programme including Bach‘s C major Cello Suite and Beethoven's A major Sonata.

0 Messiah St Stephen‘s Church. St Vincent Street. Tickets at door or 42 Craigmillar Park. 7.30pm. £3 (£2). Edinburgh University Singers under director John Grundy in their last concert this academic year.

NDAY 17 Glasgow

0 New Glasgow Singers (‘iiy Hall. Candleriggs. 552 5961. 7.30pm. £3. Recently heard on TV in Music from the Masses. Cherubini's Requiem in C minor can be heard this evening in a rare live appearance. Also on the programme is Bruckner's Te Deum. The orchestra is the City of Glasgow Symphony and Graham Taylor conducts.

0 Good Shepherd Chorus Henry Wood Hall. Claremont Street. Tickets: 552 5961 (Ticket Centre) or 9430256 (Mr Fields). 8pm. £2.50. In their last performance this season. the Good Shepherd Chorus are led by director Robert Burns through Mendelssohn's Elijah. In aid of Musicians' Benevolent Fund and Tear Fund.


0 Edinburgh Chamber Singers St Mary's Cathedral. Palmerston

Place. Tickets at door. 8pm. £2 (£1.50). Still quite a new choir. this small group of voices has been busy in the short time of its formation. Spanish and English Church Music including Anthems and Canticles by Gibbons and Victoria's O Ouam Gloriosum Mass and Motet.

0 St Giles’ at Six St Giles‘ Cathedral. High Street. Free at door. 6pm. Schubert’s lovely Shepherd On The Rock. songs by Strauss. Schubert and Mozart performed by Evelyn Bone. Tom Hay and Angela de Gomez.

MONDAY 18 Glasgow

0 Culture City Preview Burrell Collection. Pollok Country Park. Tickets: GAGMA. Art Gallery and Museum. Kelvingrove. 6.30—10pm. £10 (inc supper). Dance. music and costume in aid ofand organised by

Friends of Scottish Ballet, SNO and Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum Association.


O 800 Assembly Rooms. George Street. Tickets: 225 5373 (P&O Travel) 1pm. £3 (£2). Forget the usual rendezvous with food and find romance at lunchtime in Wagner‘s Siegfried Idyll coupled with Mendelssohn‘s Violin Concerto. Soloist Alan Brand. winner ofthe BBC‘s 1986 Young Musician of the Year, and conductor Lionel Friend. 0 Yeomen oi the Guard Lyceum Theatre. Grindlay Street, 229 9697 or 337 6508 (Frances McDevitt). 7.45pm. Extra dates: Tue 19 (Gala Evening), Wed 20, Thurs 21 , Fri 22. Sat 23 May. £3—£5. Edinburgh University‘s Savoy Opera Group in Gilbert and Sullivan's popular operetta.

TUESDAY 19 Glasgow

0 Barber of Seville Theatre Royal, Hope Street, 331 1234. 7.15pm. Extra dates: Fri 22. Thurs 4 June, Glasgow; 25 June, Edinburgh. £3—£19. In a new English translation by director Robert David MacDonald. Scottish Opera present Rossini‘s comic masterpiece. Robert Dean sings Figaro and Patrick Power is Count Almaviva.



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I ‘- IW y. , -.~‘ / V1,, Twenty-five years of Scottish Opera is well worth celebrating. And celebrate they do with a stunning new production of the same opera they chose tor their first ever performances back in the heady days 011962. Puccini's Madam Butterfly opened to spontaneous applause before anyone had even appeared on stage, earned by the three-level tenement-like network of wooden building fronted by a delicately drooping pink blossom tree.

In an exceptionally strong line-up, Yoko Watanabe is a visually striking Butterfly of strength and conviction, rather than the wishy-washy geisha

type so often easily portrayed. If at first the Iusciousness oi Puccini’s unbroken lines of melody escaped her, she more than made up for it as the drama ofthe music unfolded. As her opposite number, the Finnish tenor Seppo Buohonen as the dirty American rotter

Lieutenant Pinkerton ofthe US Navy is equally powerful, both as actor and singer.

Strong performances too from Anne-Marie Owens as the ever-faithful Suzuki, Norman Bailey as Sharpless and Neil Jenkins as Goro the marriage broker.

Much of this must be the responsibility of the Spanish director, Nuria Espert, whose triumph makes it all the more incredible that this is the first opera production she has tackled. Conductor of the 1962 performance, Sir Alexander Gibson, was back in the pit, drawing a warm, tuil inclsiveness from his players.

Scottish Opera‘s Madam Butterin is on at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow on Wednesday 20 May and 2 and 5 June. it transfers to Edinburgh for two performances on 24 and 27 June. (Carol Main)


0 Yeomen oi the Guard Lyceum Theatre. Grindlay Street, 229 9697 or 337 6508 (F. McDevitt). 7.45pm. Extra dates: Wed 20. Thurs 21, Fri 22. Sat 23 May. £3—£5 or Gala Evening ticket £14. See Mon 18 for full description. Gala Evening ticket (tonight only) includes Buffet Reception followed by Viennese Dancing until 1am at the Assembly Rooms. George Street. with proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust.

0 Leonard Friedman/Allan Schiller Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. Tickets: 228 1155 (Usher Hall) or Ticket Centre, Waverley Bridge. 8pm. £4.50 (£2) (series discount available). Another interesting programme in Leonard Friedman‘s series of three concerts featuring classics of this century for violin and piano. Villa Lobos. Elgar. Prokofiev, Ravel. David Dorward and Virgil Thomson are the featured composers. A rare chance to hear their work.

WEDNESDAY 20 Glasgow

0 Lunch and Lislen'l‘heatre Royal. Hope Street. 331 1234 (on day only). 1pm. £1.50. Today's guest of Friends of Scottish Opera is singer Ludmilla Andrew. currently appearing as the cigarette-smoking Berta in Rossini‘s The Barber of Seville. 0 Madam Butlerlly'l’heatre Royal. Hope Street. 331 1234. 7.15pm.

xtra dates 2 and 5 June. Glasgow; 24 and 27 June. Edinburgh. £3—£19. Scottish ()pera continue their special 25th anniversary production of Puccini‘s much-loved opera (see review).


0 Opera on Video Italian Institute. 2a Melville Crescent. 226 3173. 7.30pm. Free. Fifty-five minutes of great Italian singing in a television programme by G. Guarnera featuring Giulietta Simionato. In Italian.

0 Yeomen of the Guard Lyceum Theatre. Grindlay Street. 2299697 or 337 6508 (F. McDevitt ). 7.45pm. Extra dates: Thurs 21 . Fri 22. Sat 23 May. £3—£5. See Mon 18 and Tue 19 for full description.



0 Billy Budd Theatre Royal. Hope Street. 331 1234. 7.15pm. Extra dates: Sat 23 May. 3 and 61unc. Glasgow; 23 and 26 June. Edinburgh. £3—£19. A new production of Benjamin‘s Britten's all-male opera exploring the forces ofgood and evil at sea on HMS Indomitable. The last production by controversial Director of Productions Graham Vick and the last this season by Scottish ()pera.


0 Yeomen DI the Guard Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street. 2299697 or 337 6508(F. McDevitt). 7.45pm. Extra date: Fri 22. Sat 23 May. £3—£5. See Mon 18 and Tue 19 for full description.

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