And all seems like a brilliant, simple artistic collaboration at first, with Helnwein doing his best to keep the production design true to what he thinks Levin would’ve wanted. Conflict arises when the opera’s director, Omri Nitzan, or the Israeli Opera production team, challenge Helnwein’s interpretations, most notably in casting the lead. Levin originally wanted a child to play the lead, and so does Helnwein, but Nitzan thinks an adult playing a child would be, if not more appropriate, easier to pull off. Helwein points out that a child can do no wrong in playing a child, as no matter how they act, when you look, you see a child. When an adult plays a child, however, it looks just like that at all times: an adult pretending to be a child.