"Words are just a way we communicate. Images are a way we communicate. And I couldn't figure out why they had to be in different baskets."
"I wanted to do a twentieth-century opera, to do a project that has to do with the end of Russian modernism, and I was interested in looking back at places in which there had been an interest in working with political imagery. Gogol’s story, The Nose, is an absurdist drama."