The Nose: Opera Boston Presents Shostakovich's Surreal Satire
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Get ready for an enchanting night of Celtic music and dance in celebration of the holiday season as Brian O'Donovan hosts A Christmas Celtic Sojourn at Cutler Majestic Theatre. The host of WGBH's national radio program A Celtic Sojourn has been hosting this live show since 2003, and in that time, it's become a much-anticipated tradition in the Boston area. This year's 11th anniversary show promises to be just as spectacular as ever, with performances by some of the Celtic world's finest performers, including American Irish music pioneers Solas, body percussionist and fiddler Steve Hickman and harpist Maeve Gilchrist. Also hear the distinctive music of Norway as Mariel Vandersteel takes the stage with her eight-string Hardanger fiddle, named after a musically vibrant and distinct part of the country. Acclaimed vocal group Voco will perform, as will the young dancers from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance in Walpole. All this and some surprises too! Let the festive Celtic music and dance lift your spirits this holiday season. Learn More
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Well played and excellent costuming and staging - played to a packed house. Some performers were stronger than others. There was a short interruption when the pit lighting died and caused the orchestra to stop for a minute about 15 minutes into it.
Opera Boston presents the New England Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich’s first opera, The Nose, at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. It will be conducted by Opera Boston Music Director Gil Rose, an award-winning interpreter of twentieth and twenty-first century repertory, and directed by the internationally-acclaimed Julia Pevzner in her Opera Boston debut.
Based on the classic short story by Gogol in which a government clerk wakes up one morning to find that his nose has left his face to seek its own way in the world, Shostakovich’s surreal and satirical opera was called an “anarchistic grenade” at its 1930 premiere. It was suppressed by Stalin and was rediscovered in the 1970s, and has been rarely staged in the United States.
Baritone Stephen Salters returns as Kovalyov, the functionary whose nose goes astray. Mr. Salters has appeared in a number of Opera Boston productions: as the title character of Toussaint Before the Spirits, as Hercules in Alceste, and as Bank-Account Bill in Mahagonny.
Tenor Torrance Blaisdell takes on the role of The Nose itself, once it strikes out on its own and refuses to return to Kovalyov’s face, having achieved a higher status in the bureaucracy. Mr. Blaisdell’s previous Opera Boston appearance was as King Ouf in L’étoile in 2006.
Bolshoi Opera bass Vladimir Matorin makes his Boston debut as Ivan Yakolevich, the barber who discovers the missing Nose. Mr. Matorin is the main bass at the Bolshoi, and has been named a “National Artist of Russia,” the highest honor his government can bestow on an artist. He has performed at many of the top houses and festivals in the world; among his previous appearances in the United States are engagements at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and his Metropolitan Opera debut as Pimen in Boris Godunov in 2004.
The Nose will be directed by Tel Aviv-based opera director Julia Pevzner. She is a native of St. Petersburg, the setting of The Nose, and has returned to her hometown to stage Das Rheingold and Die Walküre conducted by Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Theatre. United States credits include Boris Godunov at San Francisco Opera in October 2008, and Eugene Onegin at Virginia Opera. Ms. Pevzner served as Assistant Director to Francesca Zambello at the 2004 Bard Summerscape production of The Nose, the most recent U.S. revival of the work.
Opera Boston is Boston’s most innovative opera company. Founded in 1980, the company has presented more than 70 operas, including 34 regional and two world premieres. In addition to its critically acclaimed, award-winning mainstage productions, Opera Boston offers a range of programs, including an occasional chamber opera festival, a popular informal cabaret series and an extensive educational program in Boston’s schools.
The opera is sung in Russian with projected English titles. Arrive early for a free pre-performance talk one hour before curtain.