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By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
Topic - Luc Bondy
Diana Damrau recalled when she learned the Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Rigoletto" would be set in the glitzy Rat Pack-era Las Vegas of 1960, not 16th-century Mantua.
The Metropolitan Opera has abandoned a new production of Verdi's "Rigoletto" by director Luc Bondy, whose grim version of Puccini's "Tosca" provoked intense booing when it opened the 2009-10 season. In its place, the company will present a far more radical reinterpretation that relocates the action to Ratpack-era Las Vegas of 1960.
I think it was he didn't want a second `Tosca' scandal, and I can understand this," Bondy said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.