Scenery change for New York Opera

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The New York City Opera will be without a home next season, when the Lincoln Center space it shares with the City Ballet will close for renovations.

City Opera chairwoman Susan Baker said her company will present pared-down productions for the 2008-09 season at venues not yet determined.

The work at the New York State Theater will be suspended for the ballet company's holiday favorite "The Nutcracker" and its winter and spring performances.

The ballet and opera companies' boards approved the plan Friday. The initial piece of the project includes new stage lights, an audiovisual system and an expanded, movable orchestra pit. The first phase is expected to cost up to $45 million.
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