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Monster Mash: Placido Domingo to have surgery; Christopher Wheeldon quits dance company; Metropolitan Opera sets 2010-11 season

February 23, 2010 |  8:15 am

Domingo -- Out of commission: Plácido Domingo is set to have preventive surgery in New York after experiencing lower abdominal pains. He hopes to return to his scheduled performances in about six weeks. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Mysterious resignation: Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has stepped down as the head of the dance company Morphoses, which he helped found about three years ago. (New York Times)

-- Belated debut: The Metropolitan Opera will stage John Adams' "Nixon in China" for the first time in its 2010-11 season. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Land deal: SFMOMA and the city of San Francisco have reached an agreement concerning the art museum's planned expansion. (San Francisco Business Times)

-- Bright young things:  Nine architects have been selected to receive the 2010 American Institute of Architects' Young Architects Award. (Art Daily)

-- Honored: Tony Award-winning director Harold Prince will receive the annual Monte Cristo Award from the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center of Waterford, Conn. (Variety)

-- Size matters: Chicago architect Jeanne Gang's Aqua skyscraper is expected to receive the Emporis Skyscraper Award recognizing excellence in aesthetics and design. (Chicago Tribune)

-- Legal action: The Museum of the American Railroad has requested a restraining order against the city of Dallas. (Dallas Morning News)

-- You can bank on her: Wangechi Mutu, a Nairobi-born artist who lives in New York, has been named Deutsche Bank's Artist of the Year. (Wall Street Journal)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: The L.A. Philharmonic cancels a new Osvaldo Golijov work from a March recital; another casting change for Bolshoi Ballet's Orange County performances.

-- David Ng

Photo: Plácido Domingo. Credit: Noel Vasquez / Getty Images