Sydney Opera House

The Operative Word - Stuart Maunder

Why do you do the job that you do?

I can't do anything else, thankfully I love directing.

Is there any other profession that you would have liked to have followed?


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A good Shiraz with a great pizza.

If you could have dinner with a historical figure, who would it be?

Oscar Hammerstein and Frederick Meredith, my First Fleet ancestor.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Gilbert and Sullivan memorabilia.

What is your favourite way to spend an evening?


Who or what is the love of your life?

The 'who' is my family, including the cat, the 'what' is theatre.

What is your favourite food?


What is your most treasured possession?

My G&S collection.

Which is the opera that got you hooked?

The Marriage of Figaro and The Tales of Hoffmann.

Which opera do you never need to hear again?

Cosi fan tutte.

What is your idea of misery?

A badly sung bohème, or sitting through a production where the director has decided to ignore the music.

Which characteristics do you most admire in others?

Passion, commitment, compassion.

What type of holiday do you most enjoy?

A working one.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I could, but I don't... my weight.

Who is your favourite band?


If you won lotto, how would you spend your winnings?

I would set up a Music Theatre company.

What is your favourite CD?

Follies (Broadway cast), The Tales of Hoffmann (Sutherland/Bonynge), Kate and Anna McGarrigle's first album, Medicine Music (Bobby McFerrin), anything by Bette Midler... oh, I could go on.

The book everyone loved but you could not finish was...?

The Trout Opera by Matthew Condon. Life’s too short.

What is your favourite kitchen appliance?

The bar mix?

If you could be anyone, who would you be?

I'm happy in this generously proportioned body.

Who is your favourite heart throb?

The leading lady in any show I'm directing, and sometimes the leading man.