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Profile: Wolfgang Quetes and Manfred Kaderk

Wolfgang Quetes - Director of Intermezzo

Tell us a couple of things people might be surprised to learn about you?

I was a champion pole-vaulter in my youth.
I translate operas from French into German (particularly those of Offenbach) when I’m not directing.

 

What 's your favourite opera moment or character?
Die Schweigsame Frau – another Richard Stauss opera is my favourite. The old man has a young wife and says to her that an older husband is good - ‘an old man can be grateful’. I directed it once.

What do you do when you're not directing?

I love reading – especially history and the history of culture. I write as well and have written one play about Frère jack, Jacques Offenbach’s 'loser' brother.


If you weren't a director, what would be your ideal profession?

Actor. After 30 years of not acting, I had to step in for an actor and rehearse a scene… Or a writer.


Tell us your favourite place to be in the world?
Venice. I have a huge painting of Venice in my office.

 

Is there anything else you think we should know?

I love cooking.

 

Manfred Kaderk - Designer of Intermezzo

 

Tell us 3 things people might be surprised to learn about you?
Nothing!


What 's your favourite opera moment or character?
I love everything from Monteverdi to Baroque, especially Mozart, for listening to. For work, I love modern operas because the subject material is much more interesting (Peter Maxwell Davies, The Lighthouse…have worked on most of Britten except Billy Budd. I’ve done A Midsummer Night’s Dream many times).

 

What do you do when you're not singing?
Eating, drinking, reading, listening to music, travelling in Europe in my car – it’s a TR5 Triumph, built in 1968. It’s never seen Britain though!

 

Tell us your favourite place to be in the world?
Anywhere in Italy or France, to be near the architecture of the romance countries. I love the stories of religious philosophy. And the South of France.

 

Is there anything else you think we should know?
I’ve never been to Scotland before.