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First Call

AFTER THE enthusiastic reception of their UK debut this year, the Wroclaw State Opera are to embark on an extensive UK tour. Generally thought of as Poland's leading opera exponents, the 120-strong company will be performing two of Verdi's most popular works. La Traviata concerns the sacrifice of love for adherence to social convention, while Aida (right) explores loyalty and love in a legendary Egypt usurped by patriotism.

Sunderland Empire (0191-514 2517) 25-26 Apr; Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (01902 429212) 18 Apr to 1 May; Llandudno Theatre (01492 872000) 10 to 12 May; Buxton Opera House (01298 72190) 13 to 14 May

Last Call

IF YOU like clubs offering ear-bleeding noise levels, sweat-drenched bodies and adults covered in fluorescent paint, then the Return To The Source New Year's Eve Bash is the place to be. Regular Return to the Source club nights at the Brixton Fridge have established a reputation as some of the most friendly around, with respected DJs spinning trance music. It's ideal for the relaxed raver.

Brixton Academy, Stockwell Road, London SW9 (0171- 924 9999) 31 Dec