This past March, I went to New York to take in the local event of the year: the premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera. It was one of those magical evenings. All of New York was there, wearing their finest and reveling in the chance to hear one of the most remarkable pieces of twentieth-century music.
It was a truly rare occasion. The Nose, composed in 1928, is hardly ever performed. For one, it is a pretty radical work written... Continue Reading >>