Well, judging by this Wild Elephants number, he actually attempted something 'cute'. Wasn't that a 'pro' number? He had no choice. Once up against the great Browning he had to do something besides schmaltzy music.
Skaters, using opera and ballet themes are like lipscynckers, imo. When the music swells, are we ooohing and ahhhing the composer or the entertainer?
btw, Brian living in SF and its implication means nothing about his skating skills.