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The Nose

By pvg4413
Written October 27, 2013
While the intent to be creative by the Met was admirable, and the production was well executed and acted, the content was not as funny as had been reported. It just overdid the subject again and again, became extremely loud, and we left after two hours with the walls shaking.
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The Nose

By don_lynn
Written October 27, 2013
We saw Paolo Szot in South Pacific. How he can go from such glorious tunes like Some Enchanted Evening and This Nearly was Mine to the atonal, amelodic music in the Nose, has us scratching our heads. The story was interesting and had some comment about the power of the press and the shallowness of society, but the music was not pleasant.
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No to "The Nose"

By mctours
Written October 27, 2013
commendable for its effort, the Met's production a la Henderson (?) left us confused even outside its attempted satire of Russian society. We were not wearned that the composer's music would be sung without recognizable melodyand at fortissimo volume relentlessly.
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Bad, Bad, Bad

By normaledelman
Written October 28, 2013
This was the worst opera I've ever seen. It's a shame that such good opera singers had to perform this dumb opera. There was more speaking than singing. We see every Met HD opera, and this is the first that I am sorry I wasted my time on.
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The Nose, by Shostakovich

By whitneyatt
Written September 22, 2014
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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