"Tell me about your appreciation for the traditional arts. Do you like art, theatre, opera, classical music, etc? What do you like or not like about it?"
Art: - I like the Impressionists I love the softness of it. How it is real, yet other worldly at the same time. Claude Monet is my favorite by a rather large margin.
Theatre: - I have a degree in theatre (mostly lighting and directing) and worked on and off in it for many years. My loves in theatre would take to much time but a couple of favorites for me would be Shakespeare's Tempest , and Joe Orton's What The Butler Saw. Those two I think show the range of plays that interest me.
Opera: - I don't tend to like opera much, mostly because I don't tend to like trained voices. I can appreciate it, but it isn't something that I listen to much. On the other hand I do love Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas, but I think they are best when the comic roles are cast with non-operatic voices.
Classical Music: - If you want to get technical, I like the periods that frame the Classical Era. I absolutely love Baroque music. The Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 is one of my favorite pieces of music, but I can listen to most Baroque at any time.
I love the lushness and passion of Romantics. Respighi is a particular favorite.