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Shostakovich’s 'The Nose' on Great Performances at the Met

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William Kentridge‘s dazzlingly innovative production of Shostakovich’s shocking, unconventional opera about a beleaguered Russian official and his runaway nose airs on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, February 23 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the program at 12:30 p.m.)

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The Nose stars Tony Award winner (South Pacific) Paulo Szot as Kovalyov, a hapless bureaucrat who awakes one morning to discover that his nose has run away. Andrey Popov is the menacing Police Inspector and Alexander Lewis makes his company role debut as Kovalyov’s peripatetic nose. Pavel Smelkov conducts.

Szot starred as Kovalyov in the 2010 Met premiere of Shostakovich’s The Nose. He won a 2008 Tony Award for his portrayal of Emile de Becque in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific.

Kentridge is one of the world’s preeminent visual artists. His work has been the subject of major gallery shows and museum retrospectives around the world. As a stage director, he has created acclaimed multimedia productions of Büchner’s Woyzeck, Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He made his Met debut with this production of The Nose in 2010 and will create a new production of Berg’s Lulu in a future Met season.

Of this production, The Wall Street Journal enthused, “A wildly colorful and imaginative staging, a non-stop hour-and-a-half of ingenious, delirious mayhem.” And The New York Times raved, “With unflagging energy and unfettered imagination, it powerfully seconds both the irreverent zaniness of the Gogol story on which the opera is based and the teeming exuberance of Shostakovich’s music.”

Soprano Patricia Racette hosts the broadcast.

The Nose was originally seen live in movie theaters on October 26, 2013 as part of the groundbreaking The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits live performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters and performing arts centers in 64 countries around the world.

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