Met Live Screens Inventive Production of Shostakovich's 'The Nose'


Paulo Szot plays a hapless bureaucrat who wakes up one morning to discover his nose has disappeared in Shostakovich’s opera “The Nose,” showing at The Met: Live in HD on Oct. 26.

The Met: Live in HD will bring an innovative production of Dmitri Shostakovich's "The Nose," based on Nikolai Gogol's famous satirical short story, to movie theaters around the world on Oct. 26.

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

"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," The New York Times raved.

Shostakovich's "The Nose" will screen live from the Metropolitan Opera stage at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Potsdam's Roxy Theater. There will be an encore screening at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3.

The opera will be performed in Russian, with English subtitles. The approximate running time is 2 hours, 15 minutes, including intermission.

The 2013-14 season of The Met: Live in HD is sponsored in the North Country by SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and J.S. Cinemas.

All productions will be shown live worldwide on Saturdays. There will also be encore presentations offered on Sundays locally. Doors open a half-hour before show time, and there is immediate seating for advance ticket holders.

In The Met: Live in HD, robotic cameras, strategically placed around and behind the stage, capture the beauty and power of live performance from striking angles, and heighten attention to both performance and production. Intermission features and English subtitles bring the stories to life.

Tickets prices are the lowest available in the nation: $18 for an adult, $15 for senior citizens, $12 for students and $9 for youth age 18 and under.

Tickets are available by calling the Community Performance Series Box Office at (315) 267-2277, or visiting the Roxy Theater or Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam or the CPS Box Office in the lobby of Sara M. Snell Music Theater. You can also reserve tickets online by visiting or

For more information on the 2013-14 The Met: Live in HD season, visit the Metropolitan Opera website at

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