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.
Police Inspector: Andrei Popov
The Nose: Gordon Gietz
Kovalyov: Paulo Szot
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
For more about the production, visit the Met Opera website.