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The Nose@ The Met 3/11/10

In Uncategorized on March 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm

How do you audition to be a nose? And if you don’t get the part do you picket? This Gogol story from the 19th century adresses these monumental issues in grand style. A production by William Kentridge, see him at MoMA too, and conducted by Valery Gergiev, see him at Carnegie Hall too, and sung Gorden Gietz as the nose, oh and Paulo Szot, fresh from South Pacific, Andrei Popov, I’m not sure where he has been lately, come together in Shostakovich’s fantasy early opera. The sets are a character too. They push the story along and we see the nose running away and posing as an official, with a higher rank than Kovalyov, which might be the point if there is one. And the Russian and English signs make a statement about the time of the story. The interference of goverment on the smallest details of our lives and like that. And every one running about trying to see the nose. Don’t worry though, the nose and face are reunited happily at the end. The Met Orchestra played in a truly Russian style, to my ear, and the chorus was in its usual grand form. Peter Gelb’s plan to bring new and interesting operas to the Met is working.

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