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Work: The Nose

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ComposerShostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975)
Period20th century
Year1927
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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HamburgDie NaseNew production

Bo Skovhus (Kovalyov) and Bernhard Berchtold (The Nose) © Arno Declair
Shostakovich: The Nose
Kent Nagano; Karin Beier; Hamburg State Opera; Stéphane Laimé; Eva Dessecker; Bo Skovhus; Levente Páll
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Olfactory and ocular obfuscation: The Nose in Hamburg

Bo Skovhus (Kovalyov) and Bernhard Berchtold (The Nose) © Arno Declair
Kent Nagano and the forces of Staatsoper Hamburg launch their new season with a production of Shostakovich's very first opera in which the ears are beguiled but the eyes are not.
***11
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Kosky's Nose comes home to Komische Oper

Günter Papendell (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Shostakovich's early masterpiece is fêted at the Komische Oper Berlin
****1
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What’s up (with) Kosky’s Nose?

Martin Winkler (Kovalyov) © Prudence Upton
Kosky’s The Nose hits Sydney, sweeping the audience along with hallucinogenic energy. Led by the outstanding Martin Winkler and John Tomlinson, singers and musicians deliver a wild evening's entertainment.
*****
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Vaudeville. Nasality. Shostakovich. Kosky.

Martin Winkler (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © ROH | Bill Cooper
I arrived at the Royal Opera House in the usual way, settled into my seat, and – could you believe it – the opera was gone!
*****
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Met Opera: The Nose

Shostakovich's strange opera was reprised at the Met for the 2013 season and makes for excellent excitement. Somehow, the absurdities of the story, music, and production unite to create an experience that is just absurd enough to work.
****1
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