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Watch: Insights into Shostakovich's The Nose

Director Barrie Kosky, members of the cast and the production's creative team share their vision for Shostakovich’s baffling and brilliant first opera.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

27 September 2016 at 3.00pm | 9 Comments

ROH Insight event exploring Dmitry Shostakovich’s The Nose was live-streamed for free via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel on 27 September 2016.

Russian composer Shostakovich began writing The Nose when he was only 20 years old. The piece is an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's short story and tells the story of a civil servant, Major Kovalyov, who loses his nose and launches a desperate hunt to get it back.

For this live stream, Staff Director Amy Lane was joined by production director Barrie Kosky to offer insights into The Royal Opera's new production of the piece.

Now one of Shostakovich's best known operas, The Nose was received poorly by its early audiences upon its stage premiere in 1930 and would not be performed again in the USSR until 1974. Kosky and Lane were also joined by Professor of Russian Literature Andrew Kahn who discussed the Soviet Union's suppression of satirical works.

The Insight event also featured a musical segment with members of the cast.

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The Nose runs 20 October-9 November 2016. Tickets are still available.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

27 September 2016 at 3.00pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Andrew Kahn, broadcasts, by Barrie Kosky, Dmitry Shostakovich, Facebook live, Ingo Metzmacher, inisghts, live relay, Music, opera, Russia, Shostakovich, The Nose

This article has 9 comments

  1. Anne Marsden responded on 26 September 2016 at 4:11pm Reply

    I have been unable to find details of The Nose in cinemas.

    'The production will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 9 November 2016'.

    Is this a late addition to the schedule?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 26 September 2016 at 5:01pm

      Hi Anne,

      Apologies, this was an error and has now been amended.

      Thanks,

      Chris

  2. Miriam responded on 28 September 2016 at 9:40am Reply

    As someone who was in the live audience last night, and also attended the recent similar event about Norma, I wonder why at both of these we had to sit looking at a screen displaying the ROH logo and the presenter standing in silence while as I understand the online audience was shown the trailer for the production. Could we not at least have been shown the trailer on the screen? I think it is great that people can watch online but this should not be at the expense of making the experience less satisfactory for the audience who have paid to attend in person.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 28 September 2016 at 3:18pm

      Thanks for your feedback Miriam. This has been passed to the Insights team.

      Thanks,

      Chris

  3. Miriam responded on 28 September 2016 at 3:13pm Reply

    Further to my earlier comment which is still awaiting moderation, I did think the rest of the evening was very good and I am looking forward to seeing the production even more as a result than I was before.

  4. Richard responded on 23 October 2016 at 10:37am Reply

    The Nose runs 20 October-9 November 2016. Crikey - we'll be drowning!

  5. Elizabeth Ryder responded on 24 October 2016 at 3:37pm Reply

    The performances for 1st and 9th November are labelled FILMING. What does this mean? I understand the cinema relay is no longer happening, but I can't find any trace of the live streaming that was then announced.

    Still hoping for the cinema later on...

  6. Heather responded on 9 November 2016 at 2:00pm Reply

    Was hoping to see a live streaming tonight as previously published. Am I right in thinking this is no longer happening and have therefore missed my chance of seeing this production without buying the remaining 4 £100 tickets left?

    • Rachel Beaumont (Product Manager) responded on 9 November 2016 at 3:58pm

      Hi Heather,

      The Nose will be livestreamed over YouTube and the Opera Platform this evening from 7.25pm GMT this evening. You can find further details here. Hope you enjoy!

      All best,
      Rachel

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