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Photo by Ken Howard, courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera

As part of the Live in HD Metropolitan Opera series of live broadcast from New York’s Lincoln Center, Teatro Vallarta will present Shostakovich’s The Nose this coming Saturday, October 26, at 12 pm. Here are five compelling reasons why you should consider attending.

1. It’s a rarity. The absurd tale of a man who misplaces his nose only to discover that it won’t reattach itself to his face because it—yes, the nose!—has acquired higher social status on its own, has been rarely presented since it was written in 1927-28.

2. It’s zany and absurd. Considering the fact that The Nose is the only opera ever written about a specific body part, think about how many opportunities you will encounter in your life to enjoy such a work.

3. It was well reviewed. The Nose was so awfully reviewed by the public and critics when it was produced for the first time in 1930, it was not revived again in the Soviet Union until 1974. In contrast, the Metropolitan Opera’s current production was very favorably reviewed by The New York Times when it was revived in 2010, and again in the current season.

4. It’s not that long. Clocking in at less than two hours, 20 minutes, it won’t take away from your Saturday afternoon.

5. It is important. Attending these productions at Teatro Vallarta ensures that it will, in turn, continue to provide locals with quality musical entertainment. After The Nose is broadcast, eight more operas will be featured between now and May, 2014. Visit Teatro Vallarta’s website for the entire schedule.

Shostakovich’s "The Nose" is presented at Teatro Vallarta on Saturday, October 26, at 12 pm, in Russian with English subtitles. Tickets are $250 pesos per person.