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Kennedy Center helps launch opera house in Oman; Baritone in Met’s ‘Don Giovanni’ Taken to Hospital

Beginnings: The Kennedy Center in Washington is helping to open a new opera house in the Persian Gulf nation of Oman to feature arts from around the world. (AP via Washington Post)

Hospitalized: Mariusz Kwiecien, the Polish baritone cast in the title role of the Metropolitan Opera’s “Don Giovanni,” which opens on Thursday night, underwent surgery for a herniated disk on Tuesday. (New York Times)

Cancelled: Chinese Opera houses have canceled Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen opera, which was scheduled to debut at Beijing’s “Egg” arts center, with some critics citing censorship. (New York Times)

Dance Plagiarism: A Belgian choreographer has accused singer Beyoncé of copying her dances in a music video for her current single “Countdown.” (The Guardian)

Findings: A study shows that arts funding mainly benefits wealthy, white audiences, while emerging art groups that serve poorer communities are ignored. (AP via Washington Post)

Retired: Dancer Charles Askegard retired from the New York City Ballet this week, after being with the company since 1997, to start his own company, Ballet Next. (Wall Street Journal)

Blame Metro: Moscow Metro interferes with the recently restored Bolshoi Theater’s acoustics. (RT News)


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