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Monster Mash: Anna Netrebko opens Met Opera season to cheers

September 27, 2011 |  7:41 am

Anna Netrebko in "Anna Bolena" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York

Gala affair: The Metropolitan Opera opened its new season Monday with cheers and bravos for "Anna Bolena" star Anna Netrebko. (New York Times)

Logistics: The developer of the proposed downtown L.A. NFL stadium has unveiled plans for parking and transit. (Los Angeles Times)

Big job: The London Philharmonic has completed recording more than 200 national anthems for the 2012 Olympic Games. (BBC News)

Canceled: Officials in China have shut down an opera about Sun Yat-Sen, the country's first president and Nationalist leader. (New York Times)

Benefit: The charity auction "Artists for Haiti" raised $13.7 million for the impoverished country. (Art Info)

Limping along: The financially strapped New York City Opera has announced the remainder of its new season. (Theatermania)

Setting the tone: Michael Kimmelman, the new architecture critic for the New York Times, discusses his mission. (New York Times)

Fashionable: Gucci has opened a museum in Florence, Italy, to celebrate its 90th birthday. (Associated Press, via Washington Post)

Debut, sort of: The Frank Gehry-designed Winton Guest House is ready to open at its new location in Owatonna, Minn. (Chicago Tribune)

Resident company: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is entering a 10-year deal with New York's City Center. (Wall Street Journal)

Casting yourself: Playwright Geoffrey Nauffts will star in his own play, "Next Fall," when it makes its West Coast debut at the Geffen Playhouse. (Playbill)

U.S. debut: L.A.'s Antaeus Company will present "Peace in Our Time," a Noel Coward drama that has never been staged in America. (Culture Monster)

Spiffy: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has launched a revamped website. (Associated Press, via Wall Street Journal)

Something fishy: An exhibition of paintings by Bob Dylan at the Gagosian Gallery in New York is raising questions about the inspiration for the works. (New York Times)

Diva: A new movie project is in the works about the life and career of opera star Maria Callas. (Hollywood Reporter)

Staying on: Conductor Christoph Eschenbach has extended his contract as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra. (Baltimore Sun)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews Cirque du Soleil's "Iris" at the Kodak Theatre, and music critic Mark Swed reviews the first concert of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra season.

-- David Ng

Photo: Anna Netrebko in "Anna Bolena" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Credit: Kathy Willens / Associated Press