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The Nose

By carolfyost
Written October 27, 2013
I loved this opera! I realize many people probably won't be comfortable with it, but you have to be ready to watch something that comes out of allegorical absurdist theater. The visuals were wonderful. The man who designed and directed this production just let his imagination run wild, and you could see he had a lot of fun. There were a few strange costumes, and they were wonderful, too. One thing I didn't understand was why there was no effort to make it look, at least a little bit, as if Paulo Szot has lost his nose--maybe by painting the area white or black in the middle of his face, or something. But the performances were good. I felt the Met was very brave to take this on. It was in excellent taste, and it showed the Met as exploring new possibilities (even though this was obviously not a new opera, it is rarely performed because of the obvious challenges associated with it) without being campy or obnoxious. I think it is good to be educated by theater.
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Brilliance on the screen

By zazu pitts
Written August 20, 2014
William Kentridge is one of the most inspiring artists around. I feel privileged to see his work. While I could not see this on stage at the Met, seeing the HD film was spectacular....the sets, the costumes, the music....and at affordable price. While the Shostakovich music is not the "familiar" operatic melodies many like to hum along with, it was quite brilliant and the visuals were congruent. I was with a friend who saw this at the Met and preferred the HD version. Left the theater and went up to gallery where Kentridge's exhibit was closing two hours later. What a joyful day!!
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The nose

By rjlevine29
Written October 27, 2013
While I appreciated the imagination and the artistry of the presentation using video overlays on the actual action, I found it starting to get almost boring toward the end. Why not have at least one intermission where you could contemplate what you have been seeing? and even go back stage to see how some of the amazing effects were created? The second act would have been easier to accept but even so, it went on too long. this opera was too much effects and not enough opera.
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the nose

By baroque2
Written October 27, 2013
wonderfully quirky and amusing. I loved the music with its imaginative rhythms. The opera had some lengthy stretches although it was only two hours long. Sometimes the projections where a little confusing. One did not quite know whether live people were moving or projected images. Would not buy the record but was glad to have seen it.
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Weird

By Klolso
Written October 27, 2013
I would have enjoyed it better if they had used make up to make it look like he did not have a nose. The music was strange but well done and the singing was excellent. The background movie was inventive, but the make up spoiled the absurd plot.
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