Event—Public Programming

Close-Up with Chicago Opera Theater’s "The Nose"

Join us for an insider’s peek at Chicago Opera Theater’s new production of Shostakovich’s hilarious opera, "The Nose," complete with excerpts by COT singers.

This program will be held in person at the Newberry.

Chicago Opera Theater will present the Chicago debut of Dmitri Shostakovich’s absurdist masterpiece The Nose in December 2023, in a new production directed by Francesca Zambello.

Join us for this Close-Up event with Lidiya Yankovskaya for an insider’s peek at the opera, its source materials, and artistic production. COT singers will perform musical excerpts from the opera.

Based on a satirical short story by Nikolai Gogol by the same name, The Nose follows a man who wakes one morning to discover that his nose has not only taken on a life of its own but has become a high-ranking government official. We follow Kovalyov as he chases his nose through the streets of Saint Petersburg in a hilarious series of events, encountering many quirky characters along the way. This electric and amusing work addresses such modern issues as class inequality, the frustration of dealing with bureaucracy, and abuse of power.

This program is cosponsored by Chicago Opera TheaterThe Nose, conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya and directed by Francesca Zambello, will appear at the Harris Theater on Friday, December 8, and Sunday, December 10.


Lidiya Yankovskaya, Elizabeth Morse and Genius Music Director of Chicago Opera Theater, has conducted more than 40 world premieres, including 17 operas, and her strength as a visionary collaborator has guided new perspectives on staged and symphonic repertoire from Carmen and Queen of Spades to Price and Prokofiev. At COT she has spearheaded the commissioning of 12 new operas, advancing the work of female composers and creators of color.

Cost and Registration

This program is free and open to all. Advance registration required.

Registration opens October 1.


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