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Keith Miller, left, plays Zuniga in Bizet's "Carmen" with Elina Garanca in the title role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Miller, a former University of Colorado fullback, has reinvented himself, going from the gridiron to the stage and will appear in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera," at the Metropolitan Opera. Performances begin Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

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Keith Miller plays Lord Rochefort in Donizetti's "Anna Bolena," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The former University of Colorado fullback has reinvented himself, going from the gridiron to the stage and will appear in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera," at the Metropolitan Opera. Performances begin Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

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Keith Miller was cast as Zuniga in Bizet’s “Carmen,” with Elina Garanca in the title role, in a production at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The former University of Colorado fullback has reinvented himself by going from the gridiron to the stage. (Metropolitan Opera via Associated Press)

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Metropolitan Opera tenor David Portillo and soprano Jennifer Zetlan will appear in Mozart's "The Magic Flute"at the Ash Lawn Opera Festival. It and Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man" will be staged at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Va.

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Carol Burnett speaks about the late Beverly Sills during a gala tribute to the opera star in September 2007 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

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Carol Burnett speaks about the late Beverly Sills during a gala tribute to the opera star in September 2007 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Joseph Calleja, performing as Egardo during a dress rehearsal of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" this year, and Anna Netrebko decided just days before a scheduled Metropolitan Opera tour of Japan that they would not make the trip, citing safety concerns.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Soprano Anna Netrebko, who said she had friends who died of cancer after the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in 1986, has dropped out of the Metropolitan Opera tour of Japan that begins June 4. Tenor Joseph Calleja (below) also cited concerns about radiation from the stricken nuclear power station north of Tokyo for not making the trip.

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In this Feb. 15, 2011 photo released by the Metropolitan Opera, members of the cast are shown during a scene from the ballet in Act II, during a dress rehearsal of Rossini's "Armida," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Marty Sohl) NO SALES

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In this Nov. 3, 2010 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, Danielle de Niese perfroms as Despina in Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" during the rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Marty Sohl)

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FILE - In this April 12, 2010 file photo, Bette Midler arrives to the Metropolitan Opera's gala premiere of "Armida" sponsored by Yves Saint Laurent in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

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FILE--In this file photo from Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, producers in a mobile broadcast studio outside the Metropolitan Opera studio, conduct a rehearsal taping of Verdi's "MacBeth" in New York, before a live broadcast to movie audiences world-wide. The Metropolitan Opera's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "Live in HD" live-from-the-stage series for movie theaters is expanding their reach to 1,500 theaters in 46 countries. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)