W h en Barrie Kosky discovered Shostakovich’s first opera The Noseit was “love at first hearing”. He was a student at Melbourne University when he came upon it through his fascination with the work of Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. Having read and relished Gogol’s satirical play The Government Inspector,he quickly moved on to short stories like The Overcoatand The Nose(which was written between 1835 and 1836).

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