General director of the Canadian Opera Company (coc.ca), which presents GrimmFest, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm, December 4 to 8.
Best gift ever given?
People I've been friends with for a long time say I'm a very loyal person. So the gift of a loyal friendship is the best gift you can give anybody.
Best gift ever received?
Definitely the gift of music. I don't even know how music came into my life. My parents sang songs to me when I was very little, and by the time I was eight or nine years old I'd translated that into liking classical music.
What's on your wish list this year?
Well, what I really hope will happen is my daughter will do some craft or drawing that she'll give me for Christmas, and I can hang it in my apartment.