Washington National Opera to Open Rehearsal in Hurricane Benefit

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Washington National Opera is turning a dress rehearsal of Verdi's I vespri siciliani into a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The rehearsal, on September 14 at 7 p.m., will be opened to the public. The company suggests a donation of $100 to those who wish to attend; all of the money raised will go directly to the American Red Cross.

The opera, which is directed by Paolo Miccich, stars Maria Guleghina, Franco Farina, Lado Ataneli, and Vitalij Kowaljow. Plšcido Domingo, the company's music director, will conduct.

In a statement, Domingo said, "We are praying for the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, with the terrible loss of life and devastation made by Hurricane Katrina. This is a great tragedy not only for the United States, but for the entire world. We at Washington National Opera have decided to open our dress rehearsal to people who can come and give a donation to hurricane relief through the Red Cross. We know that many people are involved with helping these people, and everyone is making a big effort. We in music want to be a part of these efforts."

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