Glenn Beck’s daughter is a singer, and occasionally she drags her dad to the opera. Last time it was Wagner, and that made sense to him, though he found it terribly long. This time it was Shostakovich’s Nos (The Nose), which he found he found to be utter crap. He had no comment on the music at all… I don’t think he even remembered the composer until they pulled up another review. So we missed out on “muddle instead of music”. But he characterized the plot as two hours of a guy singing “somebody help me find my nose” and insisted that only pretentious poseurs would claim any interest in it (and would even if they were waterboarded).
I don’t know the work (I’m a Lady Macbeth man). I just read the Grove synopsis by Laurel Fay, and am surprised that Beck didn’t get that the opera was about the sort of people he complains about on every program. OK, 20s Dada-influenced opera is not to everyone’s taste. But I felt sorry for the ghost of Shosty, abused by Marxists for so long, now being abused by an ignorant (of opera anyway) right-wing entertainer.
Here’s the libretto, if you wish to fancy yourself smarter than Beck.