I seem to have been doing a lot of talking lately — or rather, prompting others to talk. (Both, actually.) Last week, Christa Ludwig came to New York, which is a very rare thing: She had not been to America in 14 years. Ludwig is one of the greatest singers of the 20th century, and indeed of all time. She is a German mezzo-soprano, born in 1928. I interviewed her at her hotel. We will have a three-part series, which begins today, here.
Ludwig proved a marvelous interviewee — very candid, very interesting, very funny. Unselfconsciously charismatic (which is the only way to be truly charismatic, I guess). We talked about a wide range of issues: the war, her life, other singers, music, Europe, America, the Far East, the future . . . Everything out of her mouth was interesting, and superbly expressed.
Also a good interviewee — a superb one — is Jeb Bush. He is exceptionally candid for a politician, or for anyone, maybe. He comes across as a “man in full” (to borrow a phrase). Yesterday, we put up a video of an interview I did with him in 2011. Still fresh as a daisy, if I say so myself. The relevant blogpost is here. The ex-governor and I talked about the Bush family, Reagan, Carter, Clinton, the Castro brothers — lots of people, lots of issues.
Coming soon: an interview with Hernando de Soto, arguably the most important economist in the world. Whether he can sing, I can’t tell you.