Okay, I'll play too.
1. Name an opera you love for the libretto, even though you don't particularly like the music.
The Barber of Seville. (So shoot me, but I am not a Rossini fan.)
2. Name a piece you wish Glenn Gould had played.
Something by Sorabji.
3. If you had to choose: Charles Ives or Carl Ruggles?
Are you kidding? Ives.
4. Name a piece you're glad Glenn Gould never played.
Piano part in one of the Schubert song cycles.
5. What's your favorite unlikely solo passage in the repertoire?
Either the piccolo/tuba passage in the Britten violin concerto or the accordian/strings passage at the end of Ades's Chamber Symphony. Okay, not quite solos.
6. What's a Euro-trash high-concept opera production you'd love to see? (No Mortier-haters get to duck this one, either—be creative.)
The reverse of Alex's nomination: an all-woman Billy Budd, with the sailors all dressed as Catholic schoolgirls, and let's see if we can work some sex into it.
7. Name an instance of non-standard concert dress you wish you hadn't seen.
Either the orange paisley Anne-Sofie von Otter turned up in a couple of years back or that monstrous quilt Jane Eaglen wore at the Levine Gala in 1996.
8. What aging rock-and-roll star do you wish had tried composing large-scale chorus and orchestra works instead of Paul McCartney?
Yes. Or maybe Al Kooper.
9. If you had to choose: Carl Nielsen or Jean Sibelius?
10. If it was scientifically proven that Beethoven's 9th Symphony caused irreversible brain damage, would you still listen to it?
Maybe I'm already brain-damaged, because I can't remember the last time I heard it.