Shostakovich's The Nose

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

This week's broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera takes on The Nose, Dmitri Shostakovich's 1930 opera, adapted a short story by Nikolai Gogol of the same name. It tells the story of a bureaucrat in St. Petersburg named Kovalyov who wakes up one day to discover his nose is missing.

Considered a brilliant meeting of minds between author and composer, the works gains an extra layer of effectiveness in this production by South African director William Kentridge. What’s more, the work features Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot, who received a Tony award for his performance in South Pacific, making his first performances at the Met. Conductor Valery Gergiev leads the colorful, in-your-face score, complete with about 70 characters in addition to three principals.

The Cast
Police Inspector: Andrei Popov
The Nose: Gordon Gietz
Kovalyov: Paulo Szot

Conductor: Valery Gergiev

For more about the production, visit the Met Opera website.

Comments [7]

The synopsis link is not hidden.

You click on the MET opera link. On that page is a link called story and music. Click on that link. That's where the synopsis is.

What is so difficult about that?

Mar. 13 2010 03:39 PM
Allen Newrath

In order to get WQXR on your computer go to Windows Media Player (if you have it) and at the top of the page go to internet radio. Select classical on the page that comes up. Then locate 98.1 King FM and press it with the arrow.

Mar. 13 2010 03:25 PM
Peter Begley

nice to listen in from paris, france. thanks

Mar. 13 2010 02:57 PM
Constance from NY State

I'm very happy with my little Klipsch computer speakers for solo listening. The new Sennheiser wireless headphones are dreadful for music, but good for listening to stories on the BBC while working around the house and yard.

Mar. 13 2010 02:27 PM
Nancy Wilken from Princeton Jct., N J

I've given up on attempting to boost WQXR down here in Princeton so I'm down in the basement in this terrible NJ storm with a heavy coat. Someone wrote in last week about the best speakers--could you bring the data up before I get cut off with the heavy wind? Just did but on back on again!

Mar. 13 2010 01:11 PM
Henry W Wolf

Why do you make it so difficult to find the SYNOPSIS location for the opera broadcast, one has to really manipulate between the WQXR and the MET sites to find the link, hidden away at this spot.

Also, your dayly PLAYLISTS should give us a heads-up as to what WILL be on, instead of what we have MISSED!

Mar. 13 2010 10:17 AM
Hendrik E. Sadi from Yonkers, NY

Why have you stopped giving us a snopsis of the play?
It would be nice to know the outline of the opera before we hear it.

Hendrik E. Sadi
Yonkers, NY

Mar. 13 2010 09:18 AM

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