on signing autographs,
I live as simply as possible, but sometimes it’s a little difficult going for a walk, or in restaurants when people recognise me. I find the English are very respectful. People smile. If somebody asks for an autograph, I say: “Yes, but let’s walk, because if I stop maybe someone else will come up to me.”
on driving in London,
I have a driver, but I prefer, if it’s practical, to drive myself. I have a BMW and a 1978 Mercedes, which I don’t want to part with. I’m often in California because I’m general director of the Los Angeles Opera, and I enjoy driving there. I don’t drive in London. I’d love to but I know I would drive on the wrong side of the street.