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Car Plant Hosts ‘Carmen’ Production

September 18, 2002

BERLIN (AP) _ Dresden’s renowned Semper Opera, forced out of the city’s 19th-century opera house by recent flooding, will perform Georges Bizet’s ``Carmen″ in a nearby car plant.

The production will be staged at a new Volkswagen luxury auto factory in the city starting Oct. 26, officials said Wednesday.

The baroque opera house close to the Elbe River suffered more than $20 million in damage during the devastating flooding that swept through Germany and other central European countries last month.

The Semper Opera has already announced a special schedule of performances at alternative venues in the city as well as elsewhere in Germany and Poland.

No date has been announced for events to resume in the opera house, where the basement _ which housed the stage machinery as well as the electrical, air conditioning and other technical systems _ was under water for a week.

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