Giant tap-dancing noses star in this brilliantly surreal Shostakovich opera
19 June 2020, 15:15
Shostakovich wrote a surreal opera about a nose just so we could all have our day improved by tap-dancing, life-sized body parts. And because opera is great.
Imagine waking up and your nose isn’t there. Gone. Puff, just like that.
Protagonist Kovalyov Yakovlevich wakes up to discover his nose is missing from his face, and embarks on the surreal journey of trying to find it.
Yakovlevich’s search for the missing nose takes him to the Chief of Police, the office of his local newspaper and the train station, where the nose tries to make a last-ditch attempt to escape.
In a recent production, Royal Opera has the nose multiplied into eight life-sized body-parts in one memorable tap-dancing scene (see above).
And it’s doing the rounds online. Goodness nose, it’s made our day.