Al Roker, Napping at the Opera

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Al Roker, Napping at the Opera

Post by lennygoran » Tue May 02, 2017 7:21 pm

Being gardeners we can't get enough info on the weather and we watch him nearly every day we're home-I may have to change that! Regards, Len :lol:

Al Roker, Napping at the Opera, Whips Up a Storm

By MICHAEL COOPER MAY 2, 2017


It began with a jokey Instagram photo of Al Roker, the television personality, getting a little shuteye during a recent night at the opera.

“Ok,” he wrote. “So I napped a little last night during intermission at @metopera performance of #derrosenkavalier and 1st act...ok and in the 2nd act. Alright, 3rd act, too. C’mon! It was #fridaynight.”

You don’t need to be a weatherman to know which way the blowback came from. Some opera fans and singers, perhaps feeling beleaguered at a moment when the art form is struggling to get a toehold in popular culture, saw it as a public slap in the face. Quite a few took to Instagram to criticize Mr. Roker for what they saw as rudeness (some using R-rated words that would hardly win the approval of Miss Manners).

The soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer, who sings at the Met, turned the tables, noting that, added together, the various components of NBC’s “Today” show are longer than “Der Rosenkavalier,” the Strauss opera Mr. Roker snoozed through.

“Ok,” she replied to his post. “So I napped a little during the Today show. And then I napped a little more during the never ending Today show. Then I napped during the seventh level of hell/the seventh hour of the Today show. Then I napped a little more when the weather report came on because my 4-year-old could do that job and be equally entertaining. Then I kept napping during the Today Show because it’s TV and TV is a dying art form and no one cares about it. #rosenkavisshorterthanthetodayshow.”


Mr. Roker replied: “But you’re watching that dying art form. Thank you, Wendy.”

The Met’s “Der Rosenkavalier,” a starry new production mounted for the diva Renée Fleming to say farewell to one of her signature roles, has been one of the highlights of the season, and a box-office hit: Its three remaining performances are sold out.


But some opera fans were worried that Mr. Roker’s post would add to the popular perception — they would say misperception — that opera is dull.

One poster noted that if he had, in fact, slept through the opera’s third act, Mr. Roker missed “the sexy chorus members, the nudity and the pole dancing.” (Fact-check: True, the new production contains all of those elements.)

Others were more sympathetic, and some responded with their own tales of falling asleep during concerts, blockbuster films or popular Broadway shows. And Mr. Roker was unapologetic.

“To all the outraged opera buffs/fans,” he wrote on Instagram. “If you take yourselves so seriously then you’re the ones playing into a stereotype. The reason I went was because of the talent. But sadly, after a week of getting up at 4 a.m. (yes, my job) by Friday the inevitable happens. Did my posting that picture that my wife took as a joke diminish anyone’s enjoyment in that audience? I doze off in movies, baseball games and church. I’m old and I’m tired but not ashamed of it.”



https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/arts ... views&_r=0

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Re: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera

Post by jbuck919 » Wed May 03, 2017 3:00 am

I only want to know one thing: Did he snore? Boredom with or at least indifference to classical music is alas the normal (in a statistical sense) human state.

Incidentally, I never heard of Al Roker until I read this article yesterday. There is something to be said for not having a television for three years and then knowing better than I once did when to have it on and what channel to watch. (No offense, Len.)
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Re: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera

Post by lennygoran » Wed May 03, 2017 6:14 am

jbuck919 wrote:
Wed May 03, 2017 3:00 am
I only want to know one thing: Did he snore? ...Incidentally, I never heard of Al Roker until I read this article yesterday. There is something to be said for not having a television for three years and then knowing better than I once did when to have it on and what channel to watch. (No offense, Len.)
John don't know if he snored at the performance-he doesn't snore when doing his weather forecasts! Regards, Len :lol:

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Re: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera

Post by Beckmesser » Wed May 03, 2017 7:47 am

I sympathize with Mr. Roker.

I have often fallen asleep at the opera.

Back when I was working (and also suffering from insomnia) I found it extremely easy to settle into my seat at the Met and, overwhelmed with tiredness and the warm, stuffy air, slip into the arms of Morpheus.

On some rare occasions, perhaps, boredom may have been the cause.

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Re: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera

Post by John F » Wed May 03, 2017 9:37 am

So have I. Usually I have no excuse, but one evening when I desperately wanted to stay awake and alert, I couldn't help it - jet lag. My mother and I had just arrived from the U.S. and that evening was "Die Walkure": Birgit Nilsson, Jon Vickers, Leonie Rysanek, Gottlob Frick, Hans Hotter, and Hilde Rossl-Majdan, Herbert von Karajan conducting. I got through the first act OK, but dozed off in Act 2 during Wotan's long monologue. Even Hans Hotter couldn't keep me awake.
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Re: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera

Post by Beckmesser » Wed May 03, 2017 3:27 pm

John F wrote:
Wed May 03, 2017 9:37 am
So have I. Usually I have no excuse, but one evening when I desperately wanted to stay awake and alert, I couldn't help it - jet lag. My mother and I had just arrived from the U.S. and that evening was "Die Walkure": Birgit Nilsson, Jon Vickers, Leonie Rysanek, Gottlob Frick, Hans Hotter, and Hilde Rossl-Majdan, Herbert von Karajan conducting. I got through the first act OK, but dozed off in Act 2 during Wotan's long monologue. Even Hans Hotter couldn't keep me awake.
That reminds me of an experience I had when our junior-year architecture class was on a field trip to Chicago many years ago. I was thrilled to discover that Lyric Opera was presenting Fidelio and the cast included Boris Christoff, a singer I admired for his recording of Boris Godunov.

I managed to get a ticket but after a day spent walking around Chicago I was exhausted and the inevitable happened. I can't recall how much of the opera I missed but I did get a chance to meet Mr. Christoff after the performance.

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