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First seen last season sharing a double bill with Scottish Ballet and ‘Petrushka', ‘Oedipus Rex’ is back on the Theatre Royal boards with a new partner, Bartok’s ‘Ouke Bluebeard's Castle’. Both designed by Stelanos Lazaridis, they make a visually stunning pair. The impact oi ‘Oedipus”s set- a compartmentalised upended box- costumes and, especially, lighting has lost none at its power since the lirst time around. Sadly, the music does not seem to have lared so well. The new Oedipus, John Treleaven, is overly harsh at times and, orchestrally, Stravinsky’s score has lost its bite under conductor Vachtang Matchavariani. Perhaps he was daving himsell lor ‘Bluebeard’, which brought superb playing lrom the Scottish Opera orchestra. On stage,
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Kathryn Harries, a gilted actress, is magnilicent as Judith. Vocally, her lull, rich tone is well matched by Monte Jalte’s Bluebeard and, dramatically too, both are totally convincing. Making his debut as solo director, Lazaridis has made Bluebeard’s castle a chilling, eerie place, the seven doors at the tale achieved by long shalts ol ditlerent-coloured light cutting through the blackness, rather than actual doors. It is a production which brings out the complexities at power within a relationship and has the gripping power itsell to leave its audience emotionally exhausted. (Carol Main) Scottish Opera: ‘Oedipus Rex'I‘Duke
Bluebeard’s Castle’, Theatre Royal, Glasgow on 14 February and 1 March. Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh on 15 March.
2pm. Free. Regular Sunday afternoon series with a chance to view and listen.
I Westboume Church Series Belhaven-Westbourne Church. Westbourne Gardens. Tickets: 227 5511 (Ticket Centre. Candlcriggs). 3pm. Mezzo Christine Cairns accompanied by Graeme McNaught performs songs by Schubert. Schumann. Berg. Duparc. Quilter and Granados.
I Morley String Ouartet Merchant‘s Hall. 7 West George Street. Tickets: 2218272. 7.30pm. Third in a series of five concerts featuring Soviet composers.
I Glasgow Philharmonic Pops Concert City Hall. Candleriggs. 227 5511. 7.30pm. St Valentine is the theme for tonight's abundance of well-known tunes — it could go on for ever.
I Friends ol Scottish Opera Queen‘s Hall.
Clerk Street. 668 2019. 3pm. £2. An illustrated talk on Verdi and The Force of Destiny. Coffee included.
I Royal Danish Brass Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 7.30pm. £4.50(£2.50). See Tuesday 15. Glasgow. for full description.
MONDAY 19 Glasgow
I RSAMO Post Graduate Recitals Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 10am and 2pm. Free at door. Final recitals for RSAMD students. On 19.20, 21 and 22 February.
TUESDAY 20 Glasgow
I RSAMO Post Graduate Recitals Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 10am and 2pm. Free at door. Final recitals for RSAMD students. On 19. 20. 21 and 22 February.
I La Forza del Oestino Theatre Royal. Hope Street. 331 1234 or 332 9000. 6.45pm. Extra dates: Thursday 22 February (Glasgow); Tuesday 13. Saturday 17 March (Edinburgh). £3—£25 (various concessions available). See Tuesday 13 for full description.
I Glasgow Harpsichord Society Glasgow Arts Centre. Washington Street. Further information: 882 6127. 7.30pm. £2 for non-members. Dr John Kitchen isthc guest of the Society for an illustrated talk called the Coupert'n Family.
I The Mikado King‘s Theatre. 227 5511. 7.30pm. Extra dates: Wednesday21. Thursday 22. Friday 23. Saturday 24 February. Production of G & S favourite by the Savoy Club.
I Edinburgh University Singers Reid Concert Hall. Bristo Square. 1.10pm. Free at door. Leon Coates' The City in the Sea gets its second performance after audiences have had time to mull over its first. heard two weeks previously. British and German folk-songs complete the programme. which is directed byJohn Kitchen. with Leon Coates at the organ.
WEDNESDAY 21 j Glasgow
I RSAMD Post Graduate Recitals Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street.332 5057. 10am and 2pm. Free at door. Final recitals for RSAMD students. On 19. 20. 21 and 22 February.
I Lamartine Bicentenary Recital Concert Hall. Glasgow University. 1.15pm. Free at door. A recital in words and musicto celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of this French poet.
I The Mikado King's Theatre. 227 5511. 7.30pm. Extra dates: Thursday 22, Friday 23. Saturday 24 February. See Tuesday 20.
I Ecossaise Ballerup Hall. East Kilbride. Further information: 035 52 48669 (Village Theatre. East Kilbride). 7.45pm. Guests of East Kilbride Music Club are musicians in this recently formed ensemble. who are building a fresh and varied repertoire. Their programme tonight includes Five Love Songs by Edward McGuire. set to words by Lesley Sibbald.
I Altemoon Tea Concert Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 3pm. £3.50 (including afternoon tea). Jonathan Rees appears minus his Scottish Ensemble for a solo programme of pieces for violin by Bach, Beethoven. Brahms and Ravel.
I Stockbridge Rouse Youth Recital Series Stockbridge House. 4 Cheyne Street. 315 2236. 7pm. £2.50. Pupils from Broughton High School are the latest to displaytheir talents in this new Wednesday series in aid of Edinburgh and Leith Old People‘s Welfare Council.
THURSDAY 22 Glasgow
I RSAMO Post Graduate Recitals Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street.332 5057. 10am and 2pm. Free at door. Final recitals for RSAMD students. On 19.20. 21 and 22 February.
I Merchanls' Music Merchants‘ Ha11,7 West George Street. Tickets: 2275511 (Ticket Centre. Candleriggs). 12.45pm. £2 (£1.50). Second recital by Graeme McNaught of Chopin and Schumann. Today it‘s the former's F major Nocturne Op 15 No l and the F minor BalladeOp 52. and the latter‘s Carnaval Op 9.
I Organ Recital Glasgow University Chapel. 1.15pm. Free at door. George McPhee from Paisley Abbey plays Franck. Hamilton. Alain and Leighton. I Guardian Royal Exchange Series Princes Square. Buchanan Street.
5.30pm—6. 15pm. Free. Regular Thursday series for a quick musical refreshment after work or shopping. by students at the RSAMD.
I La Forza del Oestino Theatre Royal. Hope Street. 331 1234 or 332 9000. 6.45pm. Extra dates: Tuesday 13. Saturday 17 March (Edinburgh). £3—£25 (various concessions available). See Tuesday 13 for full description.
I The Mikado King‘s Theatre. 227 5511. 7.30pm. Extra dates: Friday 23. Saturday 24 February. Sec Tuesday 20.
I Leda Piano Trio Reid Concert Hall. Bristo Square. 1 . 10pm. Free at door. Piano trios by Beethoven (Op 1 No 1 in E ﬂat) and Kenneth Leighton played by young. polished ensemble of Katherine Thompson. Peter Campbell-Kelly and Kevin McCrae.
I 800 Usher Hall. Lothian Road. Tickets: 668 2019 (Queen‘s Hall Box Office). 7.45pm. An all Beethoven programme with Nigel Kennedy as soloist in the Violin Concerto. Under conductor Walter Weller the orchestra also plays the Prometheus Overture and the Symphony No 7.
40 The List 9 — 22 February 1990