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A Great Deal of Fun

MARIA NOCKIN takes a whiff of
an early Shostakovich opera

 

On 26 October 2013, the Metropolitan Opera transmitted The Nose by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) to cinemas around the world. Although it is a modern opera and it's definitely not a household word, the opera house in New York looked quite full and the Desert Ridge Cinema in Phoenix was almost sold out. The libretto satirizes Russian society of the Communist Era, and the members of today's American audiences who lived through it laughed the loudest. The composer worked on the text with Yevgeny Zamyatin, Georgy Ionin, and Alexander Preis, and they based their libretto on Nikolai Gogol's story of the same name...

Copyright © 30 October 2013 Maria Nockin,
Arizona USA

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DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

THE NOSE

RUSSIA

METROPOLITAN OPERA

NEW YORK

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

PHOENIX

ARIZONA

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