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MET TO RAISE MONEY

The Metropolitan Opera scheduled a benefit performance for Saturday to raise aid money for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

The Met said it hopes to raise $450,000 from the performance, a celebration of Giuseppi Verdi that contains the same program as its opening-night gala on Sept. 24.

The Met already has commitments for $1 million in donations and hopes to contribute $2 million to help victims, families and rescue workers involved in the attack. Deutsche Bank, which had an office in the World Trade Center, promised a leadership gift.

The program, conducted by Met artistic director James Levine, is composed of Act I of "Un Ballo in Maschera," Act III of "Otello" and Act III of "Rigoletto." It stars Placido Domingo, Roberto Alagna and Deborah Voigt.

"Many of the Met's company members have lost family, friends and neighbors in this immense tragedy," Met general manager Joseph Volpe said in a statement last week. "As one of the leading arts organizations in New York City and our country, we feel it is our duty to serve our community in whatever way we can. We pray that the healing powers of music will help us all through."

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