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Terrific visual invention

By dmotis
Written October 27, 2013
Had seen the opera at the Met but this was in many ways more rewarding. Close ups let you see how well the actor/singers inhabited their roles. Complex movements and choreography were easier to focus on and follow, and the careful selection of frames highlighted all the wonderful visual inventions by William Kentridge . It was for us a WOW! experience.
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The Nose

By georgerk1930
Written August 28, 2014
an unusual opera, funny and quite interesting. The Met must be gratulated for doing 20th century works.
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The Nose

By artwilliamharper
Written October 27, 2013
I was completely disappointed. I absolutely love Shostakovch's instrumental work,but I found the absurdist "story" absurd. The performances were first rate, as they always are for the Met, but the design and direction just seemed to be "all over the place.".........and I am also a great fan of William Kentridge. At least I did not spend what it would have cost to actually be at the Met. I cannot imagine how the real audience was able to see the performers who were completely dwarfed by the visuals
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The Nose

By fwhitehouse
Written October 28, 2013
I like Shostakovich's music; the staging of the opera was superb as were the singers. My wife didn't care for it, viz. no melodies. It is Theatre of the Absurd. So be it. My friends who were with us were not impressed.
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A Tuneless Bore

By Lightly-Cooked POV
Written September 17, 2014
Don't bother with this tuneless bore. Even the Met Opera couldn't save it.
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