Jill Krementz covers The Nose at The Met Opera

The Nose
The Metropolitan Opera
March 11, 13 mat, 18, 23, 25

New production designed and directed by
Artist William Kentridge


You would have to be living without a lot more than a nose to not be aware of the talented and ubiquitous artist William Kentridge, who this past week has taken New York by storm. His retrospective, William Kentridge: Five Themes, opened at MoMA; he presented his performance piece — a monologue entitled I am not me, the horse is not me to a standing-room crowd at MoMA on March 9th; and his art work was featured at The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory where it was displayed front and center at the Marian Goodman booth.

On Friday evening, The Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of The Nose, designed and directed by Kentridge. Based on a short story by Gogol, the Shostakovich opera was conducted by the great Russian maestro Valery Gergiev, and starred Tony Award winner (South Pacific) Paulo Szot.

Kentridge fans will have another opportunity to see and hear the great man. On Friday, March 12th, Mr. Kentridge will be interviewed by Paul Holdengräber at The New York Public Library for the series Live from NYPL. The 7 p.m. event in the South Court Auditorium is presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Opera.
The Playbill. The tickets.
Prior to the performance there was a big crowd in the "Gallery Met" where Kentridge's nose-related art works are on display. The exhibit, located in the south lobby, will be on display through the end of the Met season.
Another Kheppi Ending
2009
Collage, ink, found paper and crayon.
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, N.Y.
Alba Clemente. Francesco Clemente.
Julian Schnabel arrives in his trademark PJs. Agnes Gund and Julian Schnabel.
Thaddaeus Ropac, who owns galleries in Paris and Salzburg. Gallery owner Jeffrey Deitsch, who has recently been appointed Director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
Conrad Cafritz. Art Critic Jason Kaufman with Jan Rothschild. Ms. Rothschild is Vice President, Communications and External Affairs, for Sotheby's Institute of Art.
Calvin Tomkins, staff writer for The New Yorker, who profiled William Kentridge in the January 14th issue of the magazine. It is a piece that any fan of Kentridge's will want to read. Tomkins' wife, Dodie Kazanjian, was warning everyone who came near her husband that he had pneumonia. Dodie Kazanjian and Jeffrey Deitch.
William Kentridge and Greta Goiris
Ensemble
2009
Wood, cotton paper, steel, wood stain and crayon.
Courtesy the artist and Marion Goodman Gallery.
Ensemble detail.
Ensemble detail.
Ensemble detail.
Ensemble detail.
Please Comrade Chemist
2009
Ink, Tipp-Ex and crayon on found paper.
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.
all the faceless populace
2009
Ink, Tipp-Ex and crayon on found paper.
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.
In the Winter Palace
2009
Paint on found paper.
Courtesy the artist and Marian
Goodman Gallery.
Nose with Plaid Pants
2009
Found papers (Italian 18C cash book), Indian ink
and paint.
Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery.
A charcoal portrait and a sculpture by William Kentridge of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Shostakovich was 22 years old when he wrote The Nose — his first opera — in 1928.
Viewed from any other angle, the bronze sculpture fractures into an indecipherable mass.
Jan Rothschild and Ludmila Kafritz.
The Kentridge curtain goes up ... and then down after curtain calls and "Bravos."
The Kentridge-designed curtain for The Nose.
Curtain Call: William Kentridge is second from right.
William Kentridge takes a deep bow.
Opera expert Fred Plotkin and Sanna-Mari Jäntti. Ms. Jäntti works at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. Domna Stanton.
Roselee Goldberg and her husband,
Dakota Jackson.
Edward Epstein and Dr. Susana Duncan. Mr. Epstein is a writer and Dr. Duncan specializes in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.
Following the performance, there was a Cast Party on the Grand Tier for
invited guests.
MoMA's Director Glenn Lowry. Carl Spielvogel.
Clifford Ross and Charlotte Sarkozy.
Designer Edward Cabot and writer Andrew Solomon. Judy Thomson and John Habich. Ms. Thomson is a historian of early China. Mr. Habich is a writer and the husband of Andrew Solomon.
Susan Morris and friend. Keri-Lynn Wilson, a Canadian-born conductor who has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Wilson is married to Peter Gelb.
Marianna Gray from Washington, D.C. Ms. Gray is on the Artistic Direction Committee of the Washington Performing Arts Society. Svetlana Alpers and Mark Rosenthal. Ms. Alpers is an art historian, critic, artist and friend of William Kentridge. Mr. Rosenthal is an independent curator, who originated Mr. Kentridge's show presently on view at MoMA.
Mercedes Bass, Vice Chairman of The Metropolitan Opera Board. Adele Chatfield Taylor and her husband, John Guare.
Ms. Chatfield Taylor getting a warm hello from the Met's Peter Gelb.
Peter Gelb welcomes guests to the Met's Production of The Nose and congratulates William Kentridge and the entire company for a wonderful evening.
Frederick Iseman, the production funder for The Nose, toasts Peter Gelb.
William Morris and Peter Gelb. Sarah Billinghurst, Artistic Director of the Met.
William Kentridge and his sisters: Catherine (standing), Eliza (seated), and his brother, Matthew Kentridge. Catherine lives in Canada.
Literary agent Lynn Nesbit and writer John Richardson.
Camille Massey (Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations), Andrew Solomon, Patrick Young, and his wife Alice. Alice is the 25-year-old daughter of William Kentridge. Mr. Young is a director of operas in London and Toronto.
Christel Schonebaum and William Morris. Ms. Schonebaum is the mother of Urs Schonebaum, the Lighting Designer of The Nose; Mr. Morris is the President and Chief Executive of The Metropolitan Opera Board. Gillie Holme and Camille Massey.
Anne and William Kentridge. Charles Hamlen and Dui Seid. Mr. Hamlen is the Chairman of IMG Artists. Mr. Seid is a visual artist. His last show was in Tokyo at Issey Miyake's 21-21 Design Sight.
Isabella Kentridge (William Kentridge's 22-year-old daughter), Samuel Kentridge (William Kentridge's 17-year-old son), and Janet Kentridge, WK's sister-in-law). Janet Kentridge is a barrister in London, where she wears a white wig when sitting on the high court ... "but not tonight," she said.
Peter Duchin and Virginia Coleman.
William Kentridge is surrounded my members of his production company. On the far left is Terry Galey the Stage Manager of The Nose. She has been working at The Met for almost seven years.
Jane Taylor and Oliver Girling. Ms. Taylor is a close friend and colleague of Mr. Kentridge's who has collaborated with him on previous opera projects. She teaches at The University of Chicago and The University of Capetown. Mr. Girling is William Kentridge's first cousin and lives in Canada. Kurt Melens and Greet Prove. Mr. Melens is the director of the NTG (National Theatre of Ghent , Belgium). Ms. Prove coordinated the costume shop in Belgium that made the costumes for The Nose.
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel John Richardson and Mercedes Bass.
Diane Fisher and Sasha Lazard. Terry Ganley, Stage Manager of
The Nose.
Peter Gelb, the Met's General Manager, and his wife Keri-Lynn Wilson, a Canadian-born conductor who has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. William Kentridge and Andrew Solomon.
William Kentridge is wearing the cufflinks in shape of a nose, given to him as an opening night present.
Maestro Valery Gergiev, who conducted the evening's performance, and legendary operatic soprano, Anna Netrebko. Ms. Netrebko recently appeared in Bartlett Sher's new production of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
William Kentridge with two of his three children — Samuel and Alice. Samuel, who is still in school, flew to New York from South Africa on the day of the performance and was returning the following morning. It is a 17-hour flight. Elisabeth Biondi, Visuals Editor at The New Yorker, and Florence Buchanan, art director of FNK Partners.
James Cokorinos, a 9-year-old student who is in the 4th grade at Clinton Elementary School in Maplewood, New Jersey. He is reading John Feinstein's book, Cover-Up. Up way past his 9:30 bedtime, he explained: "My Dad sings with the Metropolitan Opera. Tonight one of his costumes was a purple suit and a mask." James's parents. His father Philip Cokorinos is a principal artist of the Metropolitan Opera and appeared in Act 11, Scene 11: The Newspaper Office, as well as other scenes. James's mother, Barbara Cokorinos, is the administrative director of the Department of Design for Stage and Film at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.
Baritone Paulo Szot makes his Met debut in The Nose singing the role of Major Kovalyov, who loses his nose. Mr. Szot won the 2008 Tony Award for his performance in South Pacific as Best Actor in a Musical.

"I've always loved singing in Russian--it's a beautiful language for singing," says Szot, who has appeared in opera houses across the U.S. and Europe.
Sergei Skorokhodov and Erin Morley who both appeared in The Nose. Mr. Skorokhodov is a Tenor who made his debut as Ivan, Kovalyov's servant; Ms. Morley, 29 years old, a soprano, has been with the Met for three years. A graduate of Juillard, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and is in the Met's young artist's program. "I was the one in the puffy skirts," she remarked about the evening's performance. She sang a lovely aria in Scene 7 Act I: Kazan Cathedral.
William Kentridge, Frederick Iseman and Olga Votis. Ms. Votis is the Director of Music programming at the 92nd Street Y. Yigal Ozeri from Israel.
Louise DeWit, seven weeks old, slept through the entire performance but woke up in time to go home. She is held by her mother, Oliviar DeWit. Luc DeWit, the Associate Director with William Kentridge, of The Nose. Mr. DeWit is the proud father of Louise DeWit.
Megan Evans and Anne Kentridge. Ms. Evans and Ms. Kentridge are first cousins. Anne and William Kentridge leave The Metropolitan Opera House after a wonderful, wonderful evening.
Click here to view Jill Krementz's previous photojournal of William Kentridge: Five Themes at The Museum of Modern Art.

Text and photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved.