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The Nose
Dmitri Shostakovich

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.

Dates & tickets



La Monnaie


Dynamic ticket prices
Starting from € 12 to € 165
-30 years old: € 10 / € 50


Sung in Russian
Surtitles in French and in Dutch


Introductory talks 45' before the start of the performance (NL/FR)

Running time

1h50' (without interval)

More info

Please note that this production contains sexually graphic scenes, that may offend the sensibilities of visitors.

Opera in three acts, op.15
Libretto by Dmitri Shostakovich,
Yevgeny Zamyatin, Georgy Ionin,
Alexander Preys

Leningrad Malïy Operny



Dates & tickets



ConductorGERGELY MADARAS DirectorÀLEX OLLÉ (La Fura dels Baus)

Set designALFONS FLORES CostumesLLUC CASTELLS LightingURS SCHÖNEBAUM Chorus masterJORI KLOMP Direction CollaboratorSUSANA GOMEZ

Platon Kuz’mich KovalyovSCOTT HENDRICKS The NoseNICKY SPENCE Ivan Yakovlevich / Newspaper Editor / Doctor/ Escorting GentlemanALEXANDER ROSLAVETS Praskov’ya Osipovna / Respectable Lady / MotherGISELLE ALLEN Ivan, Kovalyov’s Valet / Assistant Chief of Police / Tenor Solo (in Cathedral) / Old Man / ColonelANTON ROSITSKIY Police Inspector / EunuchALEXANDER KRAVETS Pelageya Grigo’yevna Podtochina / CountessNATASCHA PETRINSKY Podtochina’s daughter / Soprano Solo (in Cathedral) / Bretzelseller EIR INDERHAUG Ivan Ivanovic/ Cab Driver / SpeculantLUCAS CORTOOS Budochnik / Lackey (in Cathedral) / Lackey (in Newspaper Office) / Father / Coachman/ 3rd AcquaintanceKRIS BELLIGH Yarizhkin / Piotr Fyodorovich / EunuchYVES SAELENS 1st Son/ 1st New Arrival / 2nd Acquaintance MAXIME MELNIK 2nd Son / 2nd New Arrival / 1st AcquaintanceLEANDER CARLIER

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

ProductionTHE ROYAL DANISH THEATRE (Copenhagen) Co-productionLA MONNAIE


In co-production with Shelter Prod and Prospero MM Productions, with the support of and ING
With the support of the Belgian Federal Government's Tax Shelter