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Articles tagged with "Dmitry Shostakovich"

How do you complete an opera when its composer has died before finishing it?

22 May 2017

The opera repertory is littered with controversial, posthumously completed works.

10 of opera's greatest bass roles

28 April 2017

From dastardly demons to boozy brothel owners – we give the low-down on opera’s best bass roles.

What makes a good dance score?

11 April 2017

Graceful Tchaikovsky, vivacious Stravinsky, angular minimalist music - or something else? We explore what makes the best music for ballet and beyond.

How St Petersburg has inspired writers and composers

2 November 2016

Russia’s second city has inspired numerous great ballets, operas, plays and works of literature.

How do you begin to make sense of The Nose?

1 November 2016

Audiences and academics have long tried to understand the Gogol tale that inspired Shostakovich's opera – is it satire taken to extremes, or is it something else entirely?

‘I never thought my opera debut would be as a dancing nose’

31 October 2016

Dancer Cameron Ball reveals what it's like performing in Barrie Kosky’s surreal Royal Opera production of Shostakovich’s The Nose.

Shostakovich’s The Nose musical highlight: the percussion interlude

19 October 2016

The young composer pulled out all the stops with this exuberant interlude, as musical as it is unmusical.

Knocked Back in the USSR: How Shostakovich fell foul of the Soviet musical establishment

11 October 2016

Shostakovich was the golden boy of Soviet art in the 1920s, but by The Nose's stage premiere in 1930, the tide was beginning to turn.

Watch: Insights into Shostakovich's The Nose

27 September 2016

Director Barrie Kosky, members of the cast and the production's creative team share their vision for Shostakovich’s baffling and brilliant first opera.

Opera Essentials: Shostakovich’s The Nose

27 September 2016

Our quick guide to Shostakovich’s surreal and brilliant first opera, in a new production by acclaimed Australian director Barrie Kosky.