Dmitri Shostakovich in Berlin - 1973

from Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times, page 319:

I saw the opera [The Nose] at the Berlin Staatsoper, and that was also an excellent production: both the music and the staging were first-class. But it was sung in Russian. For a German audience... It is my view that an opera should be performed in the language of the audience. If it is put on in Berlin, it should be sung in German, in London it should be in English, and in Paris in French. But there is another view, particulalry prevalent in the United States, which holds that an opera should be sung in the language in which it was written.  

cite as

Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 319. accessed: 14 July, 2024

location of experience: Berlin


Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist

Listening to

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The Nose
written by Dmitri Shostakovich

Experience Information

Date/Time 1973
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Excerpt from a documentary film "Dmitry Shostakovich".

Originally submitted by verafonte on Sat, 26 Mar 2016 02:31:28 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:01:53 +0100