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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 2013-14 season. Explore our 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Season to view the current repertory.

The Nose

Approximate running time 1 hrs. 50 min.

William Kentridge stormed the Met with his inventive production of Shostakovich’s opera, which dazzled opera and art lovers alike in its inaugural run in 2010. Now Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed performance of a bureaucrat, whose satirical misadventures in search of his missing nose are based on Gogol’s comic story.

"With unflagging energy and unfettered imagination, it powerfully seconds both the irreverent zaniness of the Gogol story on which the opera is based and the teeming exuberance of Shostakovich's music" (New York Times).

As the bureaucrat who wakes up to find his nose is missing, baritone Paulo Szot "has Kovalyov down. [He brings] considerable vulnerability to his winning characterization" (New York Times).

The Nose is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; the Festival d’Aix en Provence; and the Opéra National de Lyon.


Performance Dates/Tickets and Info

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