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.