WindyCityOperaman

Dan Soda (Windy City Operaman) is a Chicago native whose first visit to opera was at age 17 and Massenet’s Werther with Troyanos and Kraus. Nothing was ever the same. Opera and concert performances, recordings and video are an obsession. He prepares Parterre Box’s daily birthday and anniversary tributes. He also enjoys concerts, live theater and movies.


Perseverance Perseverance

Happy 88th birthday actress and singer Rita Moreno.

on December 11, 2019 at 10:28 AM
True West True West

On this day in 1910 Puccini’s La fanciulla del West had its world premiere at the Met.

on December 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Veiled threat Veiled threat

On this day in 1905 Richard Strauss’s Salome premiered in Dresden.

on December 09, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Sie kämmt ihr goldenes Haar Sie kämmt ihr goldenes Haar

On this day in 1949 the Jule Styne musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre, making a star of Carol Channing and running 740 performances.

on December 08, 2019 at 11:34 AM
The mauve decadent The mauve decadent

Born on this day in 1900 actress Agnes Moorehead.

on December 06, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Beauty! Terrible Beauty! Beauty! Terrible Beauty!

On this day in 1890 the first complete performance of Les Troyens was given in Karlsruhe.

on December 05, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Heathers Heathers

On this day in 1893 soprano Nellie Melba made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Lucia.

on December 04, 2019 at 8:00 AM
The elusive quality of command The elusive quality of command

On this day in 1983 soprano Aprile Millo made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Amelia Boccanegra.

on December 03, 2019 at 8:00 AM
La Divina La Divina

Born 96 years ago today.

on December 02, 2019 at 8:00 AM
J’entends pleurer J’entends pleurer

On this day in 1962 conductor Ernest Ansermet made his in-house Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Pelléas and Mélisande.

on November 30, 2019 at 12:56 PM
A journey to a star A journey to a star

Born on this day in 1895 film choreographer and director Busby Berkeley.

on November 29, 2019 at 12:45 PM
Fill me with flaming desire Fill me with flaming desire

On this day in 1934 torch singer Libby Holman moaned the Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz standard “You and the Night and the Music” on the opening night of the musical Revenge with Music.

on November 28, 2019 at 11:04 AM
Prima ballerina Prima ballerina

On this day in 1951 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a new production of Aida, which featured the debut of African-American dancer Janet Collins.

on November 27, 2019 at 12:20 PM
“Maybe nothing ever like it” “Maybe nothing ever like it”

On this day in 1961 soprano Joan Sutherland made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Lucia.

on November 26, 2019 at 11:21 AM
An opening for a princess An opening for a princess

On this day in 1959 Once Upon a Mattress transfered to the Alvin Theatre. The show, by composer Mary Rodgers, ran 450 performances and made a star of Carol Burnett.

on November 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM
This daughter of Wotan This daughter of Wotan

Born on this day in 1848 soprano Lilli Lehmann. On this day in 1938 tenor Jussi Bjoerling made his Met debut as Rodolfo. Mafalda Favero also made her debut as Mimi.

on November 24, 2019 at 12:22 PM
Popular success Popular success

On this day in 1903 Enrico Caruso made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Duke of Mantua.

on November 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful” “It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful”

Born on this day in 1913 composer Benjamin Britten.

on November 22, 2019 at 7:21 AM
Dark victory Dark victory

On this day in 1967 conductor Herbert von Karajan bowed at the Metropolitan Opera conducting and directing Die Walküre.

on November 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Even the orchestra is beautiful Even the orchestra is beautiful

On this day in 1966 the landmark concept musical Cabaret opened at the Broadhurst Theatre to run 1,165 performances.

on November 20, 2019 at 11:41 AM
The way she was The way she was

On this day in 1962 soprano Régine Crespin made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Marschallin.

on November 19, 2019 at 10:24 AM
Shining star Shining star

On this day in 1974 tenor José Carreras made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Cavardossi.

on November 18, 2019 at 7:00 AM
Silver lining Silver lining

On this day in 1975 soprano Roberta Peters celebrated the 25th anniversary of her Metropolitan Opera debut, singing Despina.

on November 17, 2019 at 11:28 AM
Living in the past Living in the past

On this day in 1981 Stephen Sondheim‘s Merrily We Roll Along opened at the Alvin Theatre, to run 16 performances.

on November 16, 2019 at 10:28 AM
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