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Monster Mash: Villazon to return in March; French museum strike waning; 'Altar Boyz' closing

December 7, 2009 |  8:43 am

Rolando -- Comeback: Tenor Rolando Villazón, who has recovered from vocal surgery, said he will return to the stage in March in Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love" at the Vienna State Opera. (Agence France Presse)

-- About time: The New York Drama Critics Circle has admitted its first online theater critic. (Time Out New York)

-- Back to work: Employees at the Musee d'Orsay and a few other French museums and monuments have agreed to return to work following a strike. (Agence France Press)

-- Speaking frankly: Leonard Slatkin discusses the heart attack that he experienced on stage in November. (Detroit Free Press)

-- Closing: The off-Broadway production of "Altar Boyz" is set to close in January after nearly five years. (Variety)

-- Leading the pack: Artist Roger Hiorns is the favorite to win the Turner Prize, which will be announced today in London. (BBC News)

-- Delayed reaction: Critic Alex Ross weighs in on Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic. (The New Yorker)

-- Under investigation: Police in the U.K. are looking into claims by artist Tracey Emin that someone is forging letters in her name. (Daily Telegraph)

-- Cold War nostalgia: Russia has unveiled the restored 72-year-old statue "Worker and Collective Farm Woman," which is one of the best-known examples of Soviet socialist realism. (BBC News)

-- David Ng

Photo: Rolando Villazón. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times