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The Nose

By Rina10
Written April 02, 2015
Loved it! Wonderful fusion of three artists: Gogol, Shostakovich and Kentridge. Each brings his own period to the story. Singing is good, but not always clear. The lighting of the stage could have been somewhat brighter as it was hard to see the back of the stage action. I wish we didn't have to drive for an hour to see this - should be more venues around Boston.
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The Nose

By ilennox
Written May 25, 2015
It was theater in the absurd, and as such I "got" it. I found the character searching for his nose while sporting a healthy, Roman nose disconcerting. The shadow nose was clever and its foray into 'doing its own thing' delightful.
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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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The Nose

By georgerk1930
Written July 01, 2015
an unusual opera, funny and quite interesting. The Met must be gratulated for doing 20th century works.
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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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