What is your idea of earthly happiness?
An orchestral score of “Tristan und Isolde”, a good bottle of French red wine and a group of friends to discuss our favourite recordings of the work.
Where would you like to live?
Close to my family.
Who are your (some) favourite characters in history?
Mahatma Gandhi, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Henri Dunant (founder of Red Cross) to name very few
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
Gustav Mahler, because he so passionately bridged the world of opera and symphonic music.
Your favorite virtue?
To quote from “Der Rosenkavalier”: “Leicht muss man sein, mit leichtem Herzen halten und nehmen, halten und lassen”
(“It is better to treasure lightness, to hold and to take with an easy heart, to hold and to let go”)
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
To play the cello.
What is your motto?
“Happiness is not a state to arrive, but a manner of travelling”
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