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Placido Domingo reopens Houston venue after Harvey flooding

September 27, 2018

In this Sept. 26, 2018 photo, Opera star Plácido Domingo performs at the Houston Grand Opera inside the Wortham Theater in Houston, Texas. Domingo took the stage for the gala reopening of the Houston venue that suffered about $100 million in Hurricane Harvey flood damage last year. The Wortham Theater Center reopened Wednesday night with a sold-out crowd of about 2,300. Domingo also performed 30 years ago at the center's original opening. (Lynn Lane/Houston Grand Opera via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — Opera star Plácido Domingo took the stage for the gala reopening of a Houston venue that suffered about $100 million in Hurricane Harvey flood damage last year.

The Wortham Theater Center reopened Wednesday night with a sold-out crowd of about 2,300 at the Houston Grand Opera. Domingo also performed 30 years ago at the center’s original opening.

Parts of the city-owned structure flooded after Harvey hit in August 2017 and rain swamped areas of Houston. Officials estimate 270 million gallons (1022.03 million liters) of water filled underground garages and a tunnel.

The opera relocated to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Opera managing director Perryn Leech said Thursday that they’re thrilled to be back in the theater and ready to take on the next 30 years “hopefully without any more hurricanes.”

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