The federal opera house in the capital of Europe

LA MONNAIE DE MUNT

© Ben Hupfer

Opera

Nos

Dmitri Shostakovich

Presentation
What the devil is a man without a nose?— Nikolai Gogol 

What happens when a nose decides to run away from its owner and starts leading a life of its own? Attracted by the fantastic, the ‘absurd’ in Nikolai Gogol’s short story The Nose (1836), Dmitri Shostakovich chose this satire of Russian society and its tsarist administration as the basis for his first opera, which he composed at the age of 22 in 1928. Due to its social criticism, its surrealistic theme and its riotous mixture of musical styles, this near insane work was banned from the Soviet repertoire for almost half a century. Despite its extreme vocal and instrumental cast, this fresh, brilliant work is now once more receiving the attention it deserves. Àlex Ollé and La Fura dels Baus will stage a visually spectacular performance of it while Gergely Madaras unleashes the orchestra for his debut at La Monnaie.

This production is part of TROIKA DIVERSITY
Gallery

Gallery

Dates & tickets

Dates

Cast
Cast

ConductorGERGELY MADARAS DirectorÀLEX OLLÉ (La Fura dels Baus)

Set designALFONS FLORES CostumesLLUC CASTELLS LightingURS SCHÖNEBAUM Chorus masterJORI KLOMP

Platon Kuz’mich KovalyovSCOTT HENDRICKS The NoseNICKY SPENCE Ivan YakovlevichALEXANDER ROSLAVETS Praskov’ya Osipovna, his wifeGISELLE ALLEN Ivan, Kovalyov’s valetANTON ROSITSKIY Police inspectorALEXANDER KRAVETS Pelageya Grigor’yevna PodtochinaNATASCHA PETRINSKY Her daughterEIR INDERHAUG Ivan IvanovicNIKITA IVASECHKO BudochnikKRIS BELLIGH YarïzhkinYVES SAELENS

Most of the singers in this production take on multiple roles which are not all indicated here

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
La Monnaie Choral Academy, led by Benoît Giaux

ProductionTHE ROYAL DANISH THEATRE (Copenhagen) Co-productionLA MONNAIE