Schleppy Nabucco’s Shawn and Elizabeth review Shostakovich’s surreal opera at the Met.

I wish I could have seen it. I am only familiar with one of Shostakovich’s operas: the tremendous Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which has quickly grown to be one of my favorite works. I saw it for the first time from the stage side, in Graham Vick’s infamous postmodern Met production.

Any opera personally denounced by Joseph Stalin can’t be all bad.

And as for the sexual implications of the proboscis in question, I can do no better than to direct my readers to the “Spanish Fry” episode of Futurama.

Nose as sexual organ. Discuss.


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