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The Nose

Komische Oper BerlinBehrenstraße 55-57, Berlin, Germany
Dates/times in Berlin time zone
Saturday 11 December 202119:30
Performers
Komische Oper Berlin
Ainārs RubiķisConductor
Barrie KoskyDirector
Günter PapendellBaritonePlaton Kuzmich Kovalyov
Jens LarsenBassIvan Yakovlevich
Madeleine ShawMezzo-sopranoPraskovya Osipovna
James KryshakTenorPolice Inspector
Ivan TuršićTenorIvan
Ursula Hesse von den SteinenContraltoPelageya Grigorievna Podtochina
Mirka WagnerSopranoMme Podtochina's daughter
Otto PichlerChoreography

Opera in German language 

In a mix of nightmare and zany, over-the-top satire, director Barrie Kosky stages tap-dancing noses, moving rickshaw tables and cartoonishly hyperbolic protagonists with gaudy costumes, somewhere between folklore and historicism, in a cool space that feels claustrophobic, despite its size. The surrealistic story of the small-minded upstart Platon Kuzmich Kovalev and his fear of loss and paranoia becomes an absurd, revue-like kaleidoscope of vanities, a disturbing mixture of Wozzeck and Alice in Wonderland, with its very own »senseless« logic.

»Barrie Kosky cracks open a 20th century masterpiece by bringing together Kafkaesque imagery, showbiz, Marx Brothers humour and a precise character study.« [Berlin Morning Post]

© Iko Freese | Drama Berlin
© Iko Freese | Drama Berlin
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