LONDON (AP) - After a half-decade of turmoil and
elitism, the restored Royal Opera House is again
throwing its doors
open to the public - right after Wednesday's
performance is out of the way. Queen Elizabeth II
heads the guest
list for a nationally televised event starring singers
Domingo and Deborah Polaski, and dancers Sylvie
Durante, Irek Mukhamedov and Angel Corrella, with the
and its orchestra and chorus. "I am delighted that,
years of doom, gloom, uncertainty and disharmony, the
House is finally ready to take its rightful place at
the heart of
London and the nation's cultural life," Culture
Secretary Chris Smith
declared in the House of Commons last week. See
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