Director: Barrie Kosky; Composer: Shostakovich; Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher
Shostakovich's surrealist satire, 'The Nose', tells the story of the day that Major Kovalyov woke up to discover his nose had gone missing.
Cue a desperate search for his nose.
Granted, it's not a typical subject for an opera, but this was Shostakovich's debut in the field, and drew upon a short story by Gogol: in which a civil servant's errant nose launched its owner on a battle against the bureaucrats. The fable seemed to fire Shostakovich's imagination so much that he created a work of exuberant energy, full of musical jokes and grotesque parody.
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