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Brit Opera ~ December 1 Almanac

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    LONDON (AP) - After a half-decade of turmoil and accusations of elitism, the restored Royal Opera House is again throwing its doors open to the public - right
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      LONDON (AP) - After a half-decade of turmoil and
      accusations of
      elitism, the restored Royal Opera House is again
      throwing its doors
      open to the public - right after Wednesday's
      invitation-only gala
      performance is out of the way. Queen Elizabeth II
      heads the guest
      list for a nationally televised event starring singers
      Placido
      Domingo and Deborah Polaski, and dancers Sylvie
      Guillem, Viviana
      Durante, Irek Mukhamedov and Angel Corrella, with the
      Royal Ballet
      and its orchestra and chorus. "I am delighted that,
      after several
      years of doom, gloom, uncertainty and disharmony, the
      Royal Opera
      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
      http://www.infobeat.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=2562335792-e71

      And here is what happened on this day in Classical
      Music: American premiers of "L'Africaine" and "Tristan
      und Isolde". Birth of composer G. Sarti...more at:
      http://www.angelfire.com/ab/day/dec1.html

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