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.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.