Because of my classical training there is a conflict at times whether I do something even slightly commercial, or popular. The attitude is that if it’s successful, there must be something wrong with it, like TV—it’s cheap. If it bombs I’ll know it’s good—really warped thinking.
Great costumes, especially in a period piece, shouldn’t take over but instead help strengthen the actors’ performances.
I have had with the Met an incredible collaboration. I feel really at home in this theater. Working there is a pleasure, even if you are not at 100 percent.
As a boy, I’d always had an interest in theater. But the idea at my school was that drama and music were to round out the man. It wasn’t what one did for a living.
All of the arts, poetry, music, ritual, the visible arts, the theater, must singly and together create the most comprehensive art of all, a humanized society, and its masterpiece, free man.