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Articles tagged with "Nikolai Gogol"

Watch: Shostakovich’s opera The Nose on-demand

9 November 2016

Barrie Kosky’s new Royal Opera production of Shostakovich’s surrealist satire was livestreamed via the ROH YouTube channel.

How St Petersburg has inspired writers and composers

2 November 2016

Russia’s second city has inspired numerous great ballets, operas, plays and works of literature.

How do you begin to make sense of The Nose?

1 November 2016

Audiences and academics have long tried to understand the Gogol tale that inspired Shostakovich's opera – is it satire taken to extremes, or is it something else entirely?

Shostakovich’s The Nose musical highlight: the percussion interlude

19 October 2016

The young composer pulled out all the stops with this exuberant interlude, as musical as it is unmusical.

Knocked Back in the USSR: How Shostakovich fell foul of the Soviet musical establishment

11 October 2016

Shostakovich was the golden boy of Soviet art in the 1920s, but by The Nose's stage premiere in 1930, the tide was beginning to turn.