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Sydney Opera House hosts the Australian premiere of Barrie Kosky’s eye-popping production of Shostakovich's irreverent operatic satire

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Show: The Nose
Company: Opera Australia
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The Nose

Date: 5 Feb 2018

The Australian premiere of Barrie Kosky’s new production of the rarely performed Shostakovich classic The Nose follows hard on the heels of its critically acclaimed debut in London in 2017.

A co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Berlin’s Komische Oper, The Nose was Dmitri Shostakovich’s first opera, an irreverent satire about a government official whose nose departs his face and develops a life of its own.

Kosky’s production features more than 20 principal singers, 80 named solo parts (including the nose itself), a chorus of singers and dancers, cabaret choreography, and a huge orchestra playing a score incorporating folk music, popular song and atonality.

Conducted by Andrea Molino, renowned for being able to direct the complex score from memory, this production features a star-studded cast including Martin Winkler, Sir John Tomlinson and Alexander Lewis, all reprising their roles from the original season in London.

With a new translation by David Pountney, this is a unique opportunity to experience this rarely performed Shostakovich masterpiece sung in English.

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