For those who missed it, there was a review of Shostakovich’s The Nose — the opera we’re going to see — in the New York Times on Monday, written by James R. Oestreich.
From the lede:
William Kentridge’s 2010 staging of Shostakovich’s first opera, “The Nose,” was one of the Metropolitan Opera’s most acclaimed productions of recent seasons, and for a critic just catching up with it when it was revived on Saturday afternoon, it was easy to see why. 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.
You can read the full piece here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/02/arts/music/in-the-nose-shostakovich-puts-music-to-gogols-tale.html?smid=pl-share