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The Nose

Shostakovich

The Nose

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseFebruary 21 – March 3, 2018
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Wed 21.2.18
7:30 PM
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Fri 23.2.18
7:30 PM
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Mon 26.2.18
7:30 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Wed 28.2.18
7:30 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Sat 3.3.18
1:00 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

New production

When Shostakovich released his debut opera into the world at the tender age of 20, his brilliance was plain as the nose on his face.

He used every musical trick in the book (and quite a few that weren’t) to tell this amusing tale: here a raucous percussion ensemble, here a maniacal gallop, there a lyrical chorus. This eclectic parade of styles put a few noses out of joint, but sniff as they might, not even the establishment could deny that here was a virtuoso at work.

The frenetic score springs entirely from the action on stage, as a lowly official chases his gallivanting nose around town. It’s a zany, hyperactive cabaret with more than 80 named parts (including the nose itself).

Who better to direct than the outrageously inventive Barrie Kosky, the Australian director of Berlin’s Komische Oper? Reviewers called this co-production with the Royal Opera House “terrifically realised, brilliantly inventive and highly entertaining” (The Spectator).

Andrea Molino conducts a massive cast including Martin Winkler, John Tomlinson and Alexander Lewis. They perform in English in a new translation by David Pountney.

 

An absurd little story about a nose on the move
Met a precocious composer with something to prove

There resulted an opera that bursts with ideas
The critics were shocked: an assault on the ears!

But the audience sniggered, guffawed and then gasped
At the clowning, the slapstick, the flatulant brass

Exuberant music with theatre to match
A nose on the run is a hard thing to catch

So go dizzy, go wild, have a marvellous night
At an opera that’s fizzy and busy and bright


Conductor Andrea Molino
Director Barrie Kosky
Revival Director Felix Seiler
Set & Lighting Designer Klaus Grünberg
Choreographer Otto Pichler
Revival Choreographer Thomas Herron
Assistant Director Matthew Barclay
Translation David Pountney
   
Platon Kuzmitch Kovalev Martin Winkler
Ivan Iakolevitch / Clerk / Doctor John Tomlinson
Praskovia Osipovna / Pretzel Seller Antoinette Halloran
District Inspector Kanen Breen
The Nose / Iaryzhkin Alexander Lewis
Pelageya Podtotschina / Respectable Lady Sian Pendry
Podtotschina's daughter Eva Kong
Ensemble Gennadi Dubinsky
  Adrian Tamburini
  Anthony Mackey
  Simon Meadows
  Tom Hamilton
  Warwick Fyfe
  Malcolm Ede
  Ryan Sharp
  Virgilio Marino
  Graeme Macfarlane
  Benjamin Rasheed
  Gregory Brown
  Dean Bassett
  Martin Buckingham
  Brad Cooper
  Jonathan McCauley

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra


Please note that this production contains strong language.


Running time: approximately 2 hours & 10 minutes, without interval.


Sung in English with English surtitles.


A co-production between Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera Australia, Komische Oper and Teatro Real, Madrid.

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The StoryHide

A lowly official wakes up to find his nose has escaped his face.

To add insult to injury, the nose is gallivanting around town wearing a higher rank than he.

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