The Nose

Dmitri D. Schostakovich
Opera in three acts based on the story of the same name by Nikolai W. Gogol [1930]

Libretto by Dmitri D. Schostakovich, Yevgeny I. Zamyatin, Georgy D. Ionin and Aleksandr G. Price
German text by Ulrich Lenz

Co-production with The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera Australia and TeatroReal, Madrid

German
1 h 50 min, no break
In a mix of nightmare and zany, over-the-top satire, director Barrie Kosky stages tap-dancing noses, moving rickshaw tables and cartoonishly hyperbolic protagonists with gaudy costumes, somewhere between folklore and historicism, in a cool space that feels claustrophobic, despite its size. The surrealistic story of the small-minded upstart Platon Kuzmich Kovalev and his fear of loss and paranoia becomes an absurd, revue-like kaleidoscope of vanities, a disturbing mixture of Wozzeck and Alice in Wonderland, with its very own »senseless« logic.
Barrie Kosky cracks open a 20th century masterpiece by bringing together Kafkaesque imagery, showbiz, Marx Brothers humour and a precise character study.
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Selected Performance: 2304
2304
Sat 11 Dec 202119:30 — 21:20
Crew
Musical direction
Staging
Choreographer
Stage design / Lighting
Co-Stagedesign
Anne Kuhn
Costume designer
Dramaturgy
Cast
Platon Kusmitsch Kowaljow
Ivan Yakovlevich / Newspaper office clerk / Doctor
Praskovya Osipovna / Seller / TV-Host
Madeleine Shaw
Chief of Police / Eunuche
James Kryshak
Angry man in the cathedral / Eunuche / Yaryshkin
Adrian Kramer
Iwan, servent of Kowaljow / District Constable a. o.
The old Countess
Pelagea Grigorjewna Podtotschina a. o.
Grieving woman in the cathedral / Podtochina’s daughter a. o.
Pjotr Fjodorowitsch / Colonel / 7th Student a. o.
Servant of the old Countess / Iwan Iwanowitsch / 8th Student
1. Angestellter / 1. Polizist / 4. Herr / 1. Bekannter Kowaljows
Simon Wilding
2. Angestellter / 3. Polizist / 5. Herr / 3. Bekannter Kowaljows
Andrew Nolen
3. Angestellter / 4. Polizist / Spekulant / 2. Zuschauer
4. Angestellter / 6. Polizist / 6. Herr / 3. Student
5. Angestellter / 10. Polizist / 2. Neuankömmling
Vater / 2. Dandy
6. Angestellter
N.N.
Wachmann / 7. Angestellter / Kutscher
Dominic Barberi
8. Angestellter / 2. Kind / 4. Student
5. Polizist / 2. Herr / 1. Dandy / 2. Bekannter Kowaljows u.a.
7. Polizist / 3. Herr / 2. Student
N.N.
8. Polizist / 7. Herr / 5. Student
Jan Proporowitz
9. Polizist / Ein alter Mann / 6. Student
1. Kind / 1. Sohn / 1. Neuankömmling
David Zimmer
Dancers
N.N.
Es spielt das Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin.

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