Your favourite colour? The blue of the sky.
Your favourite meal?
A fresh poached salmon and a crisp salad.
Your favourite animal?
A Welsh Border Collie dog, that most loyal, intelligent and hard working companion.
Your favourite sport? Rugby, the ultimate team game.
Your favourite plant?
The whitest snowdrop, the brightest yellow daffodil and the deepest red rose.
Your favourite TV-show?
Your favourite TV commercial?
The wizardry of graphics.
Your favourite author (prose)?
Charles Dickens who bravely and brilliantly highlighted the utter misery of English Victorian Society and created some of the most memorable characters in literature.
Your favourite piece of art? Constable’s The Hay Wain. A lost time of English country life.
Your favourite lyricist? Wagner, for all his extraordinary idiosyncrasies, takes some beating.
Your favourite persons in History? Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, Florence Nightingale, Emily Pankhurst, William Wilberforce, Abraham Lincoln, etc, etc, etc and all who directly improved our lives – not forgetting my father, too!
Your favourite character on the opera-stage? Rodolfo, that carefree, happy and ultimately tragic male chauvinist.
Your favourite opera composer?
Wagner. Who else? Hotly pursued by Puccini and Verdi.
Your favourite aria?
„Que gelida manina“ to sing when I was young and tall.
„Zwangvolle Plage!“ which is now so appropriate. „Dove sono“ to hear.
Your favourite piece of music?
The Overture and Act two of Tristan und Isolde.
If your life would be an opera, which composer would you wish for the future?
Beethoven. Life is changed forever after listening to his symphonies in order.
Your chief characteristic?
An honest reply would tempt fate and folly.
None – I couldn’t live up to a single declaration.
Your main fault?
So many, hopefully colourful.
What is your present state of mind?
Mightily relieved I have got this far. Onwards!
How do you want to die?
Peacefully, painlessly and quietly with my dear wife beside me.
Your idea of misery.
Loneliness and sadness and hunger.
Your idea of happiness?
Sunshine and laughing children, especially my grandchildren.