"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
"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."