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The NoseNew Production

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Komische Oper BerlinBehrenstraße 55-57, Berlin, Germany
June 16 19:00, June 24 19:00, June 28 20:00, June 30 19:30, July 06 19:30
Komische Oper Berlin
Ainārs RubiķisConductor
Barrie KoskyDirector
Klaus GrünbergSet Designer
Günter PapendellBaritonePlaton Kuzmich Kovalyov
Ivan TuršićTenorIvan
Mirka WagnerSopranoMme Podtochina's daughter
Rosie AldridgeMezzo-sopranoPraskovya Osipovna
Ursula Hesse von den SteinenContraltoPelageya Grigorievna Podtochina
Caren van OijenMezzo-sopranoThe Old Countess
Alexander LewisTenorIazizhkin
Alexander KravetsTenorPolice Inspector
Jens LarsenBassA Clerk in a Newspaper Office
Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin

One beautiful morning after a night of drinking, the collegiate assessor Kovalev discovers to his horror that he has lost his nose. He despairingly sets off in search of it. Permanent noselessness would mean social ruin for him! He believes he has encountered his nose in the cathedral, yet cannot persuade it to remain with him. Mocked and derided by all, Kovalev chases the suddenly independent bodypart as if in a nightmare, yet never gets his hands on it. His nose is finally returned to him in person by the Chief of Police – yet it does not want to stay on his face! After another series of humiliating experiences, the stubborn facial protrusion returns to its proper place as suddenly as it disappeared – where it will hopefully stay.
Tap-dancing noses, riding rickshaw tables, colourful costumes somewhere between folklore and historicism in a cold room which, despite its size, seems claustrophobic – Barrie Kosky stages the surreal story about the fear of loss and the paranoia of a small-minded upstart as a revue-like kaleidoscope of vanities, a disturbing blend of Wozzeck and Alice in Wonderland.

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