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HOLLYWOOD The Old West depicted onstage in the Los Angeles Opera's season opener, Puccini's "The Girl of the Golden West," was extended across the Music Center's plaza for the company's annual gala.
About 500 opening-night patrons were greeted by dancing girls and a fiddle `n' piano duo in the center of a rebuilt gold-mining town, complete with saloon, little red schoolhouse and a water tank. An enormous, well-stocked bar served as a backdrop for a band that supplied pop hits of the last 50 years for dancing.
"What opera could be more appropriate for California?" L.A. Opera artistic director Placido Domingo queried before thanking the evening's benefactors, …