Top of the morning, Dec. 17, 2013

Something to get you going, courtesy of executive editor Jim Rossow.

Happy holidays with ...

Nathan Gunn

The opera legend and Illinois prof was back at his favorite hangout Monday night, starring in "The Magic Flute" as it opened a monthlong run at the Metropolitan Opera in Manhattan. Nowhere better to spend the holidays.

"Not only is it a beautiful space to perform in, it also is the one venue in the world that brings all the very best musicians under one roof," Gunn said.

While Gunn's students deal with finals on campus, we grilled the professor of voice before he took the stage as "Papageno."

Favorite Christmas song? "Once In Royal David City" by the King's College Boys Choir

I need tickets to see ... Mark Rylance in "Twelfth Night"

Most people don't know that I ... don't really think of myself as a singer and that something I really like to do is fix cars.

Who knew Mr. Goodwrench was a baritone?

"I had a crappy car that I constantly had to fix in high school," Gunn said. "My dad helped me a lot and I found that I liked working with my hands that way."

— Follow Gunn on Twitter @nathangunn1970

— How cool would it be if Gunn sang the national anthem before an Illinois game? Let us know at the N-G Facebook page.

Today's highlights

On the radio

Justice Robert Steigmann certainly will talk Supreme Court rulings — and probably Saturday's Braggin' Rights Game in St. Louis — with host Jim Turpin from 9-11 a.m. today on WDWS 1400-AM. To join the conversation, dial 217-356-9397.

In person

N-G columnist Tom Kacich is speaking on the history of women's suffrage in Champaign County and Illinois at 7 p.m. today at the Urbana Free Library. The meeting, put on by the League of Women Voters of Champaign County to mark the centennial of women's suffrage in the state, is open to everyone.

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