Production Team

Production: William Kentridge
Stage Directors: William Kentridge, Luc De Wit
Set Designers: William Kentridge, Sabine Theunissen
Costume Designer: Greta Goiris
Video Compositor and Editor: Catherine Meyburgh
Lighting Designer: Urs Schönebaum

Please be advised that the following information refers to a production from the Met's 2009-2010 season. Explore our 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Season to view the current repertory.

The Nose

Approximate running time 1 hrs. 44 min.

Artist William Kentridge defies genres with Shostakovich’s adaptation of Gogol’s story. “The opera is about the terrors of hierarchy,” Kentridge says. “There’s a mixture of anarchy and the absurd that interests me. I love in this opera the sense that anything is possible.” The new production is conducted by definitive Shostakovich interpreter Valery Gergiev. Acclaimed baritone Paulo Szot, who won a Tony Award® for South Pacific, makes his Met debut as the man who wakes up to discover that his nose has disappeared.

Watch a trailer for The Nose, featuring animation by William Kentridge;
Catherine Meyburgh, video compositor and editor

Watch an interview with William Kentridge

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the Opéra National de Lyon, France.

As a special offer, ticket holders to The Nose receive 50% off tickets to the career retrospective William Kentridge: Five Themes at the Museum of Modern Art. This large-scale exhibition surveys nearly three decades of work by the artist, including works related to his staging and design of The Nose. Present your ticket to The Nose at MoMA through May 17, 2010 to receive 50% off admission.


Performance Dates/Tickets and Info

All performances for this production have passed, and tickets are no longer available.