After hearing about Sunday’s match-day music theme at Allianz Park was dedicated to the music of Giuseppe Verdi, Saracens Owen Farrell was particularly enthused.
“When I heard the match day theme would exclusively be the music and work of the best nineteenth century Italian composer, I was stoked,” said Farrell.
“Ever since we moved down south with my Dad, I left all that Oasis, Verve and Arctic Monkeys claptrap behind me and I immersed myself in the pretentiousness and pomposity that surrounds the classical genre.
“Verdi is certainly my preferred composer; I believe his unique background, less than classical education and revolutionary political messages added to the mystique of his aura.”
He added: “His compositions take one on an almost hedonistic journey, and when I’m not being followed by gaggle of teenage admirers in Harpenden, or sneering at rugby posts on a training pitch, you’ll often find me in my study with my favourite quilted smoking jacket listening to Verdi’s Rigoletto….You know, just like Morse used to do on ITV3.”
Farrell has become a somewhat Verdi evangelical, and has tried to coax his fellow Sarrie Wiganers into listening to the Parma born artist.
“Since Joel and Ashy have moved down I’ve tried to educate them on the classics,” explained Farrell.
“I have even objectively introduced them to Wagner; but Joel insists on listening to Eiffel 65 and Savage Garden, whilst Ashy is a lost cause due to his obsession with all things ‘Vengaboys’ and ‘Aqua’.”
* Owen’s tongue was firmly in his cheek during the course of this interview!