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Rising from the rubble, the Royal Opera House is on budget, on time, and will reopen on 1st December. Michael Kaiser, its new director, says so, and he sounds sure. He is promising a rejuvenated theatre, with a reduced staff (releasing money for performances), a simpler structure (one board, not three) and an expanded building with two smaller performance spaces and luxurious studios for the Royal Ballet. A new music director, Antonio Pappano, replaces Bernard Haitink, and the search is on for a successor to the ballet’s director, Anthony Dowell, who retires in 2001. Dowell has faced tough times, but…

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