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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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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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The Nose

By dsgoode976
Written October 28, 2013
One of the most brilliant music films I've ever seen. Part of its success was that of the designer/director William Kentridge's visual world created for the Met's staging of the opera. And part was the excellence of the film maker(s). It was intoxicating visually! My only criticism is that I thought the balance of orchestra and vocalists was off as it so often is when it's a matter of voice vs. instruments. The orchestra was kept down, the voices kept up in volume. Shostakovich's acidic, spiky, early modernist orchestration was not given its due. But it's a wonderful opera, amazingly produced, and filmed. I think it would appeal to kids. The absurdist short story by Gogol on which the opera is based, is funny, even silly, and the representation of the nose is constantly rib-tickling.
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