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.


Everyone’s an outlaw Everyone’s an outlaw

On this day in 1962, the Metropolitan Opera presented Ernani starring Carlo Bergonzi, Leontyne Price, Cornell MacNeil and Giorgio Tozzi, conducted by Thomas Schippers.

on December 01, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Co-conspirator Co-conspirator

On this day in 1990 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Rossini’s Semiramide.

on November 30, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Bring on the night Bring on the night

On this day in 1937 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with Tristan und Isolde.

on November 29, 2022 at 6:00 AM
The princess bride The princess bride

On this day in 1942 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor.

on November 28, 2022 at 12:42 PM
Comme un doux trésor Comme un doux trésor

On this day in 1906 a 24-year-old soprano named Geraldine Farrar made her Metropolitan Opera debut on the opening night of the season in Roméo et Juliette.

on November 26, 2022 at 5:45 PM
The lady came with an excellent reputation The lady came with an excellent reputation

On this day in 1885, soprano Lilli Lehmann made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Carmen (in German, of course.)

on November 25, 2022 at 2:10 AM
When my ship comes in When my ship comes in

On this day in 2000 soprano Nina Stemme made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Senta.

on November 24, 2022 at 11:58 AM
Marchons, marchons! Marchons, marchons!

On this day in 1940 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with La Fille du Régiment, starring Lily Pons and featuring the “Casablanca” finale!

on November 23, 2022 at 9:41 AM
The beautiful and damned The beautiful and damned

On this day in 1965 Montserrat Caballé and Sherrill Milnes made their Metropolitan Opera debuts in Faust.

on November 22, 2022 at 10:42 AM
For the first time For the first time

On this day in 1967 Herbert von Karajan bowed at the Metropolitan Opera in a new production of Die Walküre which he directed and conducted.

on November 21, 2022 at 9:22 AM
Two by two Two by two

On this day in 1953 the Metropolitan Opera presented a performance of Le nozze di Figaro featuring the debuts of Irmgard Seefried and Lisa Della Casa.

on November 20, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Blood-covered hands Blood-covered hands

On this day in 1992 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor directed by Francesca Zambello (not pictured.)

on November 19, 2022 at 10:13 AM
Harmony of contrasts Harmony of contrasts

On this day in 1919 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a revival of Tosca starring Geraldine Farrar, Enrico Caruso and Antonio Scotti.

on November 17, 2022 at 7:43 AM
Devil in disguise Devil in disguise

On this day in 1953 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a new production of Gounod’s Faust.

on November 16, 2022 at 9:09 AM
“Nothing short of sensational” “Nothing short of sensational”

On this day in 1918 soprano Rosa Ponselle made her Metropolitan Opera debut and her first appearance in opera in La forza del destino.

on November 15, 2022 at 8:09 AM
Higher and higher Higher and higher

Born on this day in 1926 soprano Leonie Rysanek.

on November 14, 2022 at 8:47 AM
A harmonious ensemble of color A harmonious ensemble of color

On this day in 1951 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a new production of Aida.

on November 13, 2022 at 9:51 AM
My old flame My old flame

On this day in 1987 mezzo-soprano Livia Budai made her Metropolitan Opera debut in a new production of Il trovatore… and her farewell two weeks later.

on November 12, 2022 at 7:32 AM
My melancholy baby My melancholy baby

On this day in 1912 Lucrezia Bori and Enrico Caruso opened the Met season in a new production of Manon Lescaut.

on November 11, 2022 at 8:00 AM
“I didn’t hear the cheers” “I didn’t hear the cheers”

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge.

on November 09, 2022 at 6:00 AM
“Puissant individuality” “Puissant individuality”

On this day in 1901 the Metropolitan Opera, on tour in Los Angeles, presented the inimitable Emma Calvé as Carmen.

on November 08, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Ha! Dieser Stolz Ha! Dieser Stolz

On this day in 1898 contralto Ernestine Schumann-Heink made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Ortrud.

on November 07, 2022 at 4:30 AM
“A Teutonic Zaza” “A Teutonic Zaza”

On this day in 1928, the Metropolitan Opera presented the American premiere of Richard Strauss‘s Die Ägyptische Helena with Maria Jeritza in the title role.

on November 06, 2022 at 8:00 AM
“Judicious liberality” “Judicious liberality”

On this day in 1883 the Metropolitan Opera presented the company premiere of La traviata.

on November 05, 2022 at 6:30 AM
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