To stand in front of 70 musicians and singers and lead them all through hours of opera, you must know what you want and know how to get it. I'm demanding, opinionated, and stubborn, with just a touch of selfishness thrown in.
I'm also funny, good-natured, fiercely loyal and protective of my people; musicians have told me I'm more fun than anyone else they've worked with. My friend Amy calls me the "biggest music geek" she's ever met. Who knows if by biggest she was referring to my knowledge of music or my 6'3" height? The geek part fits, either way.
I'm educated and well traveled; when I see something I want, I go after it. I've been on national TV in France (ask me why). I'm passionate about food, wine, languages, history, psychology, music, film, theatre, travel, people, new experiences, and passion.
I inherited my father's generosity and my mother's love of all animals. I grew up boating on the Chesapeake Bay. Recently I played a small part in a Bollywood film. I've toured North Korea. I make a decent Poulet au vin jaune avec morilles. Once I drove across America alone in just over three days.
I have a Steinway grand piano that was played by composer Arthur Sullivan -- a fun fact which I only discovered years after acquiring the piano!