The Classical Music section of The New York Times published an article on October 4, 2013 regarding the return of the opera The Nose, by composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich September 5, 1906 - August 9, 1975.
Happily, the Metropolitan Opera has brought back its brilliant production “The Nose,” by Shostakovich, a hit of the 2010 season. Based on Gogol’s absurdist story, the production is by the South African artist William Kentridge, who incorporates his trademark films into his staging. The baritone Paulo Szot, who made a noteworthy house debut as the hapless, noseless bureaucrat Kovalyov, returns. Valery Gergiev conducts the sardonic score. (8 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Saturday, Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, 212-362-6000, metoperafamily.org.)
Composed in 1927-1928 it's a story about a government official waking up to find his nose missing and goes all over town after it encountering all sorts of incidents happening. It's a comic opera under 2 hours long. Wild and off the wall compositions.
If you listen to the other music of the Russian composer Shostakovich you will hear enchanting minor melodies, very unique and Russian romantic like. His piano compositions are laced with beautiful and colorful lines.
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