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18/01/1930 Shostakovitch's opera "The Nose" premieres in Leningrad

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The giant tap-dancing noses scene from Shostakovich's The Nose (The Royal Opera)

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MET Opera: The Nose Scene Clip

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'Shostakovich makes a director's life a nightmare' - Barrie Kosky on The Nose (The Royal Opera)

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The Nose trailer (The Royal Opera)

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D. Shostakovich Percussion interlude from the opera "The Nose"

Shostakovich's first opera, a satirical work completed in 1928 based on Nikolai Gogol's story of the same name. The stage premiere, conducted by Samuil Samosud, took place at the Maly Operny Theatre. It opened to generally poor reviews and widespread incomprehension amongst musicians.