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Monster Mash: Domingo recovering after surgery; trans-Atlantic transfers; trouble for 'Miracle Worker'

March 8, 2010 |  9:21 am

Getprev-11 --On the mend: Los Angeles Opera general director Plácido Domingo is expected to make a full recovery after a localized malignant polyp is removed from his colon. (Los Angeles Times)

--Across the pond: Producers learn that bringing British hits (and their casts and costs) to Broadway can be a tricky proposition. (Variety)

--Early warning: Within days of the show's opening, producers of the Broadway revival of "The Miracle Worker" starring Abigail Breslin as Helen Keller, say the play may close if the box office doesn't pick up. (New York Times)

--On the block: The archive of Renaissance artist and historian Giorgio Vasari -- a collection that includes letters from Michelangelo, five popes and Cosimo I de' Medici -- will be auctioned in Tuscany amid a swirl of mysterious claims. (Guardian)

--Podium prize: Ainars Rubikis of Latvia has won the Bamberg (Germany) Symphony Orchestra's third International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, a contest made famous by its first winner, Gustavo Dudamel. (Gramophone)

--Showcase: The ornate 19th-century Leighton House museum, known as London's "Private Palace of Art," is reopening after a major renovation. (Independent)

--Restored: Sotheby Chief Executive William Ruprecht, who took a voluntary pay cut in 2009, had his full salary restored after the auction house reduced its staff and other costs and boosted profits. (Bloomberg)

--Distinguished career: English tenor Philip Langridge, known for singing the work of Benjamin Britten and other late 20th-century composers, has died at 70. (Daily Telegraph)

--Artists' muse: Painter Ruth Kligman, a friend and subject of many post-war artists and the lone survivor of the car crash that killed Jackson Pollock, has died at 80 in New York. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed looks at the resurgence of John Adams' opera "Nixon in China"; L.A. sculptor Ruben Ochoa produces eloquent pieces out of rebar and concrete.

-- Karen Wada

Above: Placido Domingo performs the opera "Simon Boccanegra" by Giuseppe Verdi last fall at the Staatsoper in Berlin. Credit: Markus Schreiber / Associated Press