Preview: Solzhenitsyn's son back in Russia with opera for centenary

Agence France-Presse (AFP) preview of my new production première of Ivan Denisovich at the Bolshoi.

He dismissed the idea that Russia and the West were in a new Cold War.

”When I hear people say, ‘Things are back to how they were’, that’s lunacy. It’s real lunacy to say that, it’s silly to say that or it’s completely dishonest.”

If relations between Moscow and Washington are strained, Ignat hopes they can be improved in the near future and “absolutely” believes that culture has a part to play in this.

”Even in Soviet times, culture was the Soviet Union’s finest export. We know what Russia is capable of and what kind of talent there is here. Theatre, the arts, remind us of what we all have in common.”