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Kara Shay Thomson performs in Schoenberg's "Erwartung" during the final dress rehearsal in March of the New York City Opera production of "Monodramas." City Opera - which for decades has built daring new productions along with the careers of such stars as Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming and Beverly Sills - is now fighting for its life. A bitter contract dispute has led to a lockout of musicians and could be a possible "death knell" for one of New York's cultural treasures. (New York City Opera via Associated Press)

Kara Shay Thomson performs in Schoenberg's "Erwartung" during the final dress rehearsal in March of the New York City Opera production of "Monodramas." City Opera - which for decades has built daring new productions along with the careers of such stars as Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming and Beverly Sills - is now fighting for its life. A bitter contract dispute has led to a lockout of musicians and could be a possible "death knell" for one of New York's cultural treasures. (New York City Opera via Associated Press)

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