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234th Season

Mariinsky II (New Theatre)

19 September
2023 | Tuesday
Conducted by Maestro Gergiev
The Nose (opera in three acts and ten scenes)
Opera in 3 acts
Artists Credits
Maria Danilova, Costume Designer
Kamil Kutyev, Lighting Designer
Gleb Filshtinsky, Lighting Designer
Maestro Valery Gergiev, Musical Director
Irina Soboleva, Musical Preparation
Andrei Petrenko, Principal Chorus Master
Yuri Alexandrov, Set Designer
Zinovy Margolin, Set Designer
Yuri Alexandrov, Stage Director
Performed in Russian (with synchronised Russian supertitles )
Premiere of this production: 10 Apr 2004

The performance has 1 intermission
Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Libretto by Yevgeny Zamyatin, Georgy Ionin, Alexander Preis and the composer after the short story by Nikolai Gogol



Scene 1 ... Either in a dream or in reality, the barber Ivan Yakovlevich is doing his hateful job in a drunken stupor...
Scene 2 ... Ivan Yakovlevich and his wife Praskovia are taken aback to find a nose in a bread roll...
Scene 3 ... The panic-stricken barber tries to dispose of the evidence...
Scene 4 ... When he wakes up in the morning, Major Kovalev discovers his nose has disappeared...
   Symphonic interval
Scene 5 ... Inside Kazan Cathedral, Major Kovalev unexpectedly meets his nose and tries to speak to it...


Scene 6 ... A newspaper advertisements department: Kovalev tries to submit an advertisement about the disappearance of his nose... Unsuccessfully...
   Symphonic interval
Scene 7 ... Kovalev´s apartment... The major´s footman Ivan is relaxing quietly, and Kovalev´s despair increases...


Scene 8 ... A coaching-inn... The district constable is giving instructions to his men to capture the travelling Nose...
... A procession of travellers enters: a mother and father with their two sons, Ivan Ivanovich and Pyotr Fyodorovich, an elderly lady surrounded by hangers-on and a bread roll seller. Suddenly the nose appears... In the confusion, they manage to catch it...
Scene 9 ... Kovalev´s apartment... The district constable brings Kovalev his Nose and, on receiving his reward, disappears... In vain, the major tries to put the Nose back on his face... A doctor arrives but is unable to help Kovalev...
... Kovalev and his friend Yaryzhkin suspect the guilty party to be staff-officer Podtochina, acting in revenge for Kovalev´s contempt for her daughter...
... The friends write a letter to Podtochina, which Ivan the footman delivers... ...Ivan returns with an answer and Kovalev understands that the women are innocent...
Scene 10 ... A street... A rumour is spreading over the city that Kovalev´s Nose has run away... The horrific tale has captured the imagination of the whole city: Everyone, including the eminent merchant Khorzev-Mirza, is discussing the event in the most animated fashion... Unexpectedly Major Kovalev joins the mêlée: his nose is exactly where it should be...

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1 Theatre Square
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky-2 (New Theatre):
34 Dekabristov Street
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky Concert Hall:
20 Pisareva street
St. Petersburg

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