“After a year of research and five separate models, Moshinsky and John Napier… have created a massive, double-sided revolving structure spanning the entire stage opening and rising high above its floor. "Everyone [at the Met] took a deep breath when I showed it to them," Napier remembers of the meeting at which he and Moshinsky showed their models. "But it fits handsomely in that huge auditorium and commands the stage, which of course is very difficult to do." Napier wanted the design to illustrate "the differing qualities of these battling civilisations. Babylon is sculpted out of bronze, and Jerusalem is hewn from rock."”

Patrick Giles, Opera News - The Road to Babylon

1st March 2001