Opera, like many other art forms, is about storytelling: film is, theatre is. What makes opera very different and special is that you dissect the narrative strand into three different categories: the music, the text, and the body. What's amazing is the psychological dance between the three.
The text does not tell you everything and that places meaning between the lines, so I direct the silence, and it's in the silence where the music takes over.
I believe that our main focus as directors should be to enable, enhance and explore the qualities of what it is to be human, and to communicate this to our audience.