The Met May Get Unexpected $20M Gift

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    New York State Theatre, Metropolitan Opera House, and Avery Fisher Hall (l-r) make up Lincoln Center, New York City.

    The Met may get an unexpected donation of up to $20 million under the terms of a gift originally given to a Washington D.C. opera company.

    Philanthropist Betty Brown Casey initially donated the money to the Washington National Opera on the condition that the company remain independent.

    But a report in the Wall Street Journal says the opera company is in talks to be taken over by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

    The Journal says the donations will be taken back and given to the Metropolitan Opera in New York if the company goes through with the planned merger.

    Casey's lawyer Brendan Sullivan Jr. says he expects the opera house to abide by the agreement. A spokesman for the opera house says it will. A spokesman for the Met declined to comment.