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The Nose
About the performance

Written in 1927/28, the eccentric opera based on the short story of the same name by N.V. Gogol marked an excellent debut for the young composer in the operatic genre. The libretto belongs to Shostakovich himself, who included the scenes and dramatic storylines from other works by Gogol (the play Marriage, the short stories The Overcoat, Diary of a Madman and others), as well as Smerdyakov’s song from The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. Writers and dramaturgs, such as Yevgeny Zamyatin (The Awakening of Major Kovalyov), Alexander Preys and Georgy Ionin (the fragments from Act III) were involved in the work on certain scenes.

The world premiere was supposed to take place at the Bolshoi Theatre. It was expected that Vsevolod Meyerhold would stage the production. However, that plan was not destined to be realised because of the master’s extreme pressure of work. The first performance was held in 1930 on the stage of the Maly Opera Theatre in Leningrad, the legendary MALEGOT that was then considered the “laboratory of Soviet opera”.

Premiered at the Boris Pokrovsky Musical Theatre on September 12, 1974.

Presented with one interval.

Libretto by Yevgeny Zamyatin, Georgy Ionin, Alexander Preis and Dmitri Shostakovich based on the novel of the same name by Nikolai Gogol

Set Designer
Viktor Talalay
Choreographer
Lilia Talankina
Lighting Designer
Vladimir Ivakin
Scene:
Chamber Stage
Run time:
2 hours 15 minutes
Language:
Russian
Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
A scene from the performance

Photo by Pavel Rychkov

Alexander Polkovnikov as Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov, Anatoly Zakharov as A Barber

Photo by Pavel Rychkov

Alexey Sulimov as Ivan, Kovalyov’s servant. Roman Bobrov as Kovalyov

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov

Pyotr Melentyev as The Nose

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Borislav Molchanov as The Nose. Roman Bobrov as Kovalyov

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov

Alexander Polkovnikov as Kovalyov

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Alexander Polkovnikov as Kovalyov. Viktor Borovkov as A Clerk in a newspaper office

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Alexander Polkovnikov as Kovalyov

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German Yukavsky as A Doctor. Alexey Sulimov as Ivan. Alexander Polkovnikov as Kovalyov

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Alexey Sulimov as Ivan. Pavel Paremuzov as Police Inspector. Alexander Polkovnikov as Kovalyov

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Alexandra Mayskaya as A Market-women. Alexander Polkovnikov as Kovalyov

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Anna Bauman as A Bread-Seller

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A scene from the performance

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Vitaly Rodin as Pyotr Fyodorovich. Alexey Morozov as Ivan Ivanovich

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Roman Bobrov as Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov. Anatoly Zakharov as A Barber

Photo by Pavel Rychkov

Olga Deineka-Boston as Podtochina. Roman Bobrov as Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov. Olesya Avakova as Mrs Podtochina’s daughter

Photo by Pavel Rychkov

Cast
01 April
2023

Saturday, 19:00

17 January
2023

Tuesday, 19:00

06 April
2022

Wednesday, 19:00

10 November
2021

Wednesday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Act I

Either in a dream or in reality, the barber Ivan Yakovlevich is doing his hateful job in a drunken stupor. Ivan Yakovlevich and his wife Praskovya are taken aback to a nose in a bread roll. The panic-stricken barber tries to dispose of the evidence.

When he wakes up in the morning, Major Kovalev discovers his nose has disappeared.

Inside Kazan Cathedral, Major Kovalev unexpectedly meets his nose and tries to speak to it.

A newspaper advertisements department: Kovalev tries to submit an advertisement about the disappearance of his nose. Unsuccessfully...

Kovalev’s apartment... The major’s footman Ivan is relaxing quietly, and Kovalev’s despair increases…

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