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A Question of Culture: Finbar Wright

Favourite musician?

Leonard Cohen is always emotionally connected with his music with such intensity that every word, every note, has weight. I saw him at Lissadell House, Sligo which was an extraordinary event. The setting, the weather, the emotion of the crowd and all the subtle mastery of his performance combined to produce an extraordinary event.

Dream performer to duet with?

Rodrigo Y Gabriela. Their passion, musical articulation and colour would be magical for a concert of Latin music.

The best stage production you've ever seen?

I was at the opening night of the very first production of Riverdance in Dublin with the full cast of ethnic dancing and singing, along with a large group of musicians. It was magnificent.

Favourite writer?

Jo Nesbo. He's a clever mixture of grit, humour and mystery.

Last book you read and loved?

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. It was quaint, intelligent, sad, deeply philosophical, and has a clear vision of the human condition.

The book you could never make it through?

I could not make it through the latest Wilbur Smith, Vicious Circle. Scattered, unbelievable and sexually sloppy.

Favourite film?

Chocolat. It's beautifully paced and Irishman Hugh O'Conor was among the cast and did a great job.

Last film you saw and loved?

Blue Jasmine. Cate Blanchett is at her best in this and did not fall into the trap of gesticulating and sounding like Woody Allen.

Last film you saw and hated?

Anna Karenina failed to do any justice to Tolstoy. Too much glamour, a lifeless script and mediocre acting.

Favourite TV show?

The Big Bang Theory for its entertaining mix of weird and wacky characters.

Favourite city/country?

Italy. They have a zest for life that is incomparable.

Favourite food/restaurant?

Ristorante la Grotta in Montepulciano, Italy.

FINBAR IS TOURING IRELAND CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF LUCIANO PAVAROTTI. HE'S AT CORK OPERA HOUSE TONIGHT (FEB 15), GALWAY TOWN HALL (FEB 21), ULSTER HALL BELFAST (FEB 23 ), WEXFORD OPERA HOUSE (MARCH 1) AND THE HELIX, DUBLIN (MARCH 9). SEE WWW.FINBARWRIGHT.COM

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