Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Shameless Self Promotion

I work in an office with lots of very talented individuals. One of those individuals is Dr. Nicolas Reveles, the Geisel Director of Education and Outreach. That's a long title and I'm a busy man so I just call him "Dr. Nic". After all, that is the name of the hack of a quack on The Simpsons and this is cool enough to begin with, but it gets even cooler when you shout "Hi, Dr. Nic" and he responds "Hi, everybody." This is something I suggest you do when you see him in public buying groceries, or filling up his car, or while waiting on his table when he is trying to have a quiet dinner.

Don't know what Dr. Nic looks like? You should.

Dr. Nic is host of our television show OperaTalk! with Nicolas Reveles. He's incredibly intelligent, charming and well spoken. He also has a face for television (which probably explains why I'm the one sitting here behind a computer writing this blog). Each of his OperaTalk! programs focus on one opera and covers the history, plot and music. They're short as well, coming in under half an hour. I watch them often and repeat the things I learn from the show. This is good because it makes me seem smarter than I really am.

If you haven't watched an episode of OperaTalk! there's really no excuse. We have pages of pages of these programs online at YouTube. I've also (hopefully) included an episode of OperaTalk! Madama Butterfly below because I'm learning to use the "embed video function" of this blog and thought I'd kill two birds, or butterflies, as the case may be, with one stone.


-- Edward


Askolds1 said...

We love OperaTalk and Nic's podcasts all the way from Riga. Please come to Latvia which you will find beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with the world.

Nic said...

Hi askolds1! I'm proud to say that I've already been to Riga...I was the pianist for Mikhail Baryshnikov when he had his triumphant return to Riga in the late nineties. While there, I saw Tchaikovsky's "Iolanthe" performed at the opera house on a night when we were still in rehearsal. I have fond memories of Riga (especially the seafood) and hope to return one day! All best, Nic