Wednesday, December 02, 2009
I am very happy to share with you the news that in their December 2009 issue, ARTFORUM, one of the premier magazines devoted to the visual arts, voted our production of Shostakovich’s The Nose one of their top ten musical events of 2009!
We are all honored to keep such august and glamorous company as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ojai Music Festival, and the Wooster Group.
Here's the entry on ARTFORUM's site:
9. Dmitri Shostakovich, The Nose, performed by Opera Boston (Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston) For those who missed the taut, acerbic New England premiere of this speak-truth-to-power production—an “anarchist grenade”—you can catch a version this season at the Met.
I've got a ticket to a performance of the MET's new production this coming spring. They've got a lot more resources than Opera Boston and they've engaged Paolo Szot, the sexy, rich-voiced Argentinian baritone who took a short hiatus from his opera career to star in the current revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific in New York, picking up a Tony award for Leading Man in a Musical in the process. They may well mount a tremendous production, but OB put on a show that could have played New York with pride and won it's own awards in the process.
Oh, and here's the handsome--and out--Mr. Szot, whose nose will desert his face and assume a life of it's own, running around St. Petersburg in the sharp, witty and anarcic opera that Dimitri Shostakovich made of Nikolai Gogol's typically outrageous satire on Czarist Russian society.
With a big tip of the hat to Geoff at Life and Times of a Gay Guy:
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As in any case it's bound to be at the Met. The work needs an intimate setting and a theatre director of genius. Szot won't be setting any hearts afluttering in his role but with any luck he may make you laugh.
I am a fellow New Hamshirian(?) but actually live in the Loire Valley...and have lots of time to read your diaries.
Thankyou in advance!
I saw Szot at New York City Opera a couple of years before he hit with such impact in South Pacific. He had a good voice to be sure but his physical presence, total ease on stage, and acting ability made me take serious notice. The fact that he's drop dead gorgeous helped, of course. I'll be seeing him again this spring in Shostakovitch's The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera.