"Hi Robbie. I wouldn't describe myself as an aficionado. However, I am quite partial to Verde and Puccini. I was drawn to opera not just by the music, but actually the grand scale of the productions. I have been fortunate enough to attend various operas around the world, but sadly, so far, the Metropolitan Opera has eluded me."
That's not opera, that's pasta!!!
I can only hope he said it down the phone and someone else typed it for him...(if so, they can't spell "afficionado" either.)
On another, sweeter note..."...has eluded me." Nick? Nick? We love you....~gets all silly again~