February 01, 2004
How Nerdy Am I?

The only reason I know the Super Bowl is today is that I did something I very rarely do: I watched the evening news on local TV last Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to find out whether my school would have any Snow Days to start the second semester. We did: three in a row, which helped a lot in finishing up grading for the first semester, though it left students even mores disgruntled than usual when they finally returned for a 'late opening' on Thursday. In chatting about the weather, the newsdrones mentioned Super Bowl hoopla several times.

And the only reason I know the Super Bowl is being played in Houston (this year? every year? I certainly don't care) is that I was thinking of going to see Don Carlo at the Philadelphia Opera this afternoon, and realized on Thursday or so that I'd better make sure the big game is not in either Philadelphia or Baltimore, since I wouldn't want to have to drive anywhere within 20 miles of the stadium anywhere near game time. As it turns out, today would have been an excellent day for an opera trip, since the roads should be very empty this afternoon. Too bad I don't have the energy after all that grading. I'll probably do some hassle-free shopping instead.

Finally, I wonder whether I could have gotten a better seat for today than for the next Sunday matinee of Don Carlo two weeks from now. It all depends on whether any significant number of opera fans are also football fans, so I'm guessing the answer is 'no'. Then again, perhaps I'm stuck in Frasier-and-Niles cultural stereotyping.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at February 01, 2004 09:17 AM

Just out of curiosity, is the Don Carlo you plan to attend in the original French?

Posted by: Daniel on February 6, 2004 11:02 PM

I just checked, and it's Verdi's revised 4-act Italian version, not the original 5-act French. When I saw it at the Met a couple of years ago, it was a hybrid 5-act Italian version never performed in Verdi's lifetime.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil on February 7, 2004 12:33 AM

Might want to be careful with that stereotyping. You might be surprised at how often football talk cropped up on a very serious and sophisticated classical music message board I used to frequent.

Posted by: Lynn S on February 7, 2004 10:18 AM

I suspected it so. US opera goers want all Italian, or at least whenever possible. OK, so I am generalizing again... But the MET had definitely a pro Italian bent until Levine came along. But he cannot change the tastes of public just like that.

Posted by: Daniel on February 8, 2004 09:11 PM