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The Nose, by Shostakovich

By whitneyatt
Written October 27, 2013
We enjoyed it immensely. Of course, the story is absurd. The lack of a point is a key part OF the point of this story, and the opera. We just relaxed and had a good time. It was engaging and entertaining. We found ourselves wishing our grandchildren were with us, and wondering if they would have liked it, too; we think they would have! The production, visually, was a work of contemporary art in itself. The singing and acting were brilliantly appropriate. How can you compare an opera like this with those of Mozart or Puccini? You can't, so don;t even try! We are glad we had our theatrical horizons broadened.
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The Nose

By rthmllr
Written October 27, 2013
The artwork and graphics are glorious and make the movie worth seeing. But I didn't love the music and the story, by Gogol, is pretty preposterous. But its a lot of fun and the voices are truly spectacular.
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Shoulda Stayed Home

By dandr0325
Written October 27, 2013
Sorry, not my cup o' tea. Maybe I was just in a bad mood. Theater didn't open until 15 minutes after starting time. No explanation, no apology. Just late. Then the satellite feed was lousy for another 30 minutes-red monochrome with wavy horizontal lines. Not good. And the opera? Well, the Met should have put this one on the shelf and done Norma with Sondra Radvanovsky.
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The Nose

By johns453
Written October 27, 2013
Brilliant, memorable and not to be forgotten!!! Production, directing, and moving screens as backdrops -- all by world-renowned South African artist and director, William Kentridge -- are unique and exciting. Singing (and acting) led by Brazilian Paulo Szot and a sensational chorus match!!!
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The Nose, music by Shostakovich, based on Gogol

By sashabv
Written October 27, 2013
The music is difficult, but it's interesting. The production is terrific, the singing too. The use of some (real) Russian performers is a big plus: they have a different style of acting. If there are aspects of the plot that don't move us -- the big effects of the differences in rank -- be glad we don't get it! Live in HD puts you right on stage (except, in this one, where they pull back so you can see the animations and projections) and that is always great.
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