Weekend 9-15-12: a series of things that probably don’t matter very much

I think this weekend may call for the comfort of the excruciatingly familiar – Don Carlos! But it’s a production I haven’t seen, from the ROH in 2008 with Villazón as Carlos. Or Carlo. Whatever. I love the opera, but I’m inconsistent with that -s. This version is in Italian. I’ve never been sure whether that made a difference to me, Italian versus French. Possibly I should work out whether I have an opinion about this, but I suspect it would be similar to my stance vis-a-vis things like ossias.

And it may well be a good thing to bunker down and not leave the house tomorrow anyhow. Not only is it game day again, but we’re playing a team from Texas that we haven’t played in like forty years or something, and apparently the whole town is full of people from Texas. Now, I like Texas. I have had at least one extremely fun experience in Texas. Nevertheless, I think I will be avoiding campus and vicinity of campus tomorrow. And since that’s basically the whole town, that means I get to stay home and watch Don Carlos.

Also, student overshare of the week:

Student: “The paper is late because I have [lots of other work for other classes that require an amount of time management student was unable to muster] and I had an eye exam yesterday and I couldn’t read for an hour afterwards and I didn’t even have time to take a shower this morning! Can I have til Monday morning?”

Dude, I do not need to know about the shower. Truly, I don’t care. If I can’t smell you from my polite distance of 3-4 feet, and you don’t leave any aromas in my office, it really is kind of a non-issue from my perspective. There is no “sniff test” for paper extensions.

8 thoughts on “Weekend 9-15-12: a series of things that probably don’t matter very much

  1. is dat the one with Maria with Marina Poplavskaya? i really liked her in that one (my first time ever heard her sing). saw that on YT back-to-back to the one in Munich this Jan, and thought i actually liked her version a bit more than Harteros’… or rather they are quite different. for some reason, i’ve never been a fan of Villazón, a matter of personal taste i think… but the way he’s pushing the sound, it always comes off over-doing to my ears

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    1. Yep, that’s the one – I’ve heard Poplavskaya sing Donna Anna in that ROH dvd of Don Giovanni from 08, and I liked that very much.

      I don’t have a strong feeling either way about Villazón at this point – I liked his performance with Netrebko in Traviata, the one with the bare stage and the big clock, but I’ve never felt like deliberately seeking out any of his performances. I know what you mean about that ‘over doing it’ sound, too – I hope it’s not too much in evidence on this recording.

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  2. LOL! I love the over-sharing comment. As a life-long over-sharer (not about showers, usually) it’s good to get an occasional reminder that there are some things people not only don’t care about, they don’t even WANT to know about!!!

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    1. Students can be the worst that way. I’ve heard about issues with parents, nerves re: marriage proposals (I wanted to tell that kid 1. you’re 22! wait a while! and 2. ask your girlfriend herself first, not her dad!), all kinds of things.

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