Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Weekday Wanderings - The Nose

Last Thursday, Roger and I were lucky enough to get complimentary tickets to see The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera.  I've only been to see an opera one other time, when Shelby bought me tickets to La Boheme on Broadway for Christmas when we were in high school.  That production, directed by Baz Luhrman and set in the 1950s, was incredible, but I was still very excited to see an opera at Lincoln Center.  The buildings there are so beautiful (I was in this theatre when we went to the J.K. Rowling signing, and in another one in the complex for my graduation), and it felt like a big event to get dressed up and head over there.

The opera was written by Dmitri Shostakovich and is based on a short story by Gogol, about a man who loses his nose.  The opera follows the exploits of the man and the nose, and it was really a lot of fun.  South African artist William Kentridge put together this staging, and it was absolutely gorgeous.  It's been so many years since I've seen a big theatre production, and the fact that I wasn't expecting that at all here made it all the more breathtaking.  I did feel it depended a little too heavily on digital effects, particularly to achieve shadows that might have been more beautiful if created authentically, but overall, the staging was absolutely beautiful and felt like any of the best big-budget plays or musicals I've seen.  While I can't speak to how well the opera was performed, I can say that it was a wonderful evening and I really enjoyed the whole experience.  Really lovely.  If you have a chance to see it, do!

Have you ever been to the opera?

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