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.


What we do in the shadows What we do in the shadows

On this day in 1966 the Metropolitan Opera offered the company premiere of Die Frau ohne Schatten.

on October 02, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Full chested Full chested

On this day in 1976 mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova made her first Metropolitan Opera appearance as part of the “Met Marathon” fundraising gala.

on October 01, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Blue skies smiling at me Blue skies smiling at me

On this day in 1996 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a revival of Andrea Chenier starring Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Guleghina.

on September 30, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Lost without your love Lost without your love

On this day in 2003 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a revival of La traviata featuring Renée Fleming.

on September 29, 2022 at 8:00 AM
In the midnight tower In the midnight tower

On this day in 2011, the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a new production of Anna Bolena.

on September 28, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Ex machina Ex machina

On this day in 2010, the Metropolitan Opera opened it season with Das Rheingold, the first installment in the catastrophic Robert Lepage production of the Ring.

on September 27, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Royal treatment Royal treatment

On this day in 1983 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a revival of Les Troyens, featuring the company debut of soprano Jessye Norman.

on September 26, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Old wine in old bottles Old wine in old bottles

On this day in 2012 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a “new” production of L’Elisir d’amore.

on September 24, 2022 at 1:00 AM
Nothing held back Nothing held back

On this day in 1985 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a gala revival of Tosca starring Montserrat Caballé and Luciano Pavarotti.

on September 23, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Haute couture Haute couture

On this day in 2008 designers Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano took turns draping frocks on Renée Fleming for a gala opening night at the Metropolitan Opera.

on September 22, 2022 at 2:28 AM
Fresh blood Fresh blood

On this day in 1972 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a new production of Carmen.

on September 21, 2022 at 2:16 AM
A sky full of stars A sky full of stars

On this day in 1971 the Metropolitan Opera opened the final season of the Rudolf Bing regime with a revival of Don Carlo.

on September 20, 2022 at 11:49 AM
The sweetest sounds The sweetest sounds

On this day in 1968 the Metropolitan Opera season opened with a revival of Adriana Lecouvreur featuring Renata Tebaldi and Franco Corelli.

on September 19, 2022 at 10:35 AM
“I am a difficult person to lead” “I am a difficult person to lead”

Born on this day in 1905 actress Greta Garbo.

on September 18, 2022 at 12:18 PM
She’s no lady with a song She’s no lady with a song

Born on this day in 1925 actress and songstress Dorothy Loudon.

on September 17, 2022 at 10:14 AM
Active enough Active enough

Born on this day in 1924 actress and coffee connoisseur Lauren Bacall.

on September 16, 2022 at 10:29 AM
Transfiguration Transfiguration

Born on this day in 1945 soprano Jessye Norman.

on September 15, 2022 at 8:28 AM
“We’re more like priestesses and priests” “We’re more like priestesses and priests”

Born on this day in 1933 actress Zoe Caldwell.

on September 14, 2022 at 11:44 AM
‘Impossible’ dream ‘Impossible’ dream

Happy 91st birthday actress Barbara Bain.

on September 13, 2022 at 11:03 AM
Isn’t he romantic? Isn’t he romantic?

Born on this day in 1888 French entertainer Maurice Chevalier.

on September 12, 2022 at 8:55 AM
Her infinite variety Her infinite variety

Happy 80th birthday to triple threat Lola Falana.

on September 11, 2022 at 8:54 AM
“He taught us how to be stars” “He taught us how to be stars”

Born on this day in 1898 actress Bessie Love.

on September 10, 2022 at 7:57 AM
I’m ready to move out in front I’m ready to move out in front

On this day in 1970 Hello, Dolly! became the longest-running Broadway musical, surpassing My Fair Lady.

on September 09, 2022 at 7:50 AM
All roads lead to Roman All roads lead to Roman

On this day in 1948, the San Francisco Opera opened its season with a performance of Aida in Seattle. Featured were Stella Roman,
Blanche Thebom, Kurt Baum
and Robert Weede.

on September 08, 2022 at 7:57 AM
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