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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014 file photo, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, right, playing Carmen, performs on stage during the final dress rehearsal of "Carmen" at the Opera House in Sydney, Australia. An Australian opera company is being criticized for banning as part of a sponsorship deal performances of "Carmen" for two years because the 140-year-old French opera depicts smoking. West Australian Opera had been considering a 2015 staging of the popular opera about a Spanish gypsy named Carmen who works in a cigar factory. The ban lasts the duration of a 400,000 Australian dollar ($355,000) sponsorship deal with a state government health promotion agency, Healthway. The deal begins in March and was revealed in the media on Wednesday, Oct. 8.  (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014 file photo, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, right, playing Carmen, performs on stage during the final dress rehearsal of "Carmen" at the Opera House in Sydney, Australia. An Australian opera company is being criticized for banning as part of a sponsorship deal performances of "Carmen" for two years because the 140-year-old French opera depicts smoking. West Australian Opera had been considering a 2015 staging of the popular opera about a Spanish gypsy named Carmen who works in a cigar factory. The ban lasts the duration of a 400,000 Australian dollar ($355,000) sponsorship deal with a state government health promotion agency, Healthway. The deal begins in March and was revealed in the media on Wednesday, Oct. 8. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

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