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.


Village people Village people

On this day in 1970 the Metropolitan Opera presented new productions of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.

on January 08, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Nacht im Haus Nacht im Haus

On this day in 1949 tenor Max Lorenz sang his first Tristan of the season at the Metropolitan Opera.

on January 06, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Sternflammende Sternflammende

Also on this day in 1977 soprano Edita Gruberová made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Queen of the Night.

on January 05, 2023 at 10:51 AM
Take me to your Venus Take me to your Venus

Happy 86th birthday soprano/mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry.

on January 04, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Uniquely and devastatingly honest Uniquely and devastatingly honest

On this day in 1981 the Metropolitan Opera broadcast the full three-act version of Berg’s Lulu starring Teresa Stratas.

on January 03, 2023 at 6:00 AM
The call of love The call of love

On this day in 1966 Renata Scotto entered the new year with a performance of Madama Butterfly at the Met.

on January 01, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Fedora Fedora

Love, intrigue and nihilism collide in Giordano’s opera, opening tonight at the Metropolitan Opera.

on December 31, 2022 at 1:36 PM
Dance the night away Dance the night away

On this day in 2008 the Metropolitan Opera presented a gala new production of Puccini’s La rondine.

on December 31, 2022 at 6:00 AM
On this fine day On this fine day

On this day in 1972 soprano Atsuko Azuma made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Madama Butterfly.

on December 30, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Bold intruders, leave this house this very instant! Bold intruders, leave this house this very instant!

On this day in 1951, the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Così fan tutte directed by Alfred Lunt.

on December 28, 2022 at 12:45 PM
“Nadine Conner did everything right” “Nadine Conner did everything right”

On this day in 1952 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of La bohème directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

on December 27, 2022 at 8:11 AM
Second best Second best

On this day in 1934 Anny Konetzni made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre.

on December 26, 2022 at 6:00 AM
All small infinities All small infinities

On this day in 1903, the Metropolitan Opera presented the first staged performance of Parsifal outside Bayreuth.

on December 24, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Wunderkind Wunderkind

On this day in 1955 Thomas Schippers made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting a double bill of the ballet Soirée and Don Pasquale.

on December 23, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Trouser role Trouser role

On this day in 1984 Jochen Kowalski made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Prince Orlofsky.

on December 22, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Regal and distinguished beauty Regal and distinguished beauty

On this day in 1936 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a revival of Die Walküre featuring the debut of contralto Kerstin Thorborg.

on December 21, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Right off the bat Right off the bat

On this day in 1950 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Die Fledermaus.

on December 20, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Oh, Marie, don’t ask! Oh, Marie, don’t ask!

On this date in 1991 the Metropolitan Opera presented the world premiere of John Corigliano‘s The Ghosts of Versailles.

on December 19, 2022 at 8:17 AM
“A well-worn work” “A well-worn work”

On this day in 1900 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a revival of Roméo et Juliette.

on December 18, 2022 at 9:44 AM
Elvino’s bride Elvino’s bride

On this day in 1883 soprano Marcella Sembrich, then in her debut season at the Metropolitan Opera, sang La sonnambula.

on December 17, 2022 at 7:59 AM
On a clear day On a clear day

On this day in 1977 Maria Chiara made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Violetta.

on December 16, 2022 at 1:30 PM
Long live the Queen! Long live the Queen!

BREAKING: The Metropolitan Opera’s website is back online!

on December 15, 2022 at 12:25 PM
The first time I saw Paris The first time I saw Paris

On this day in 1981 “the Zeffirelli Bohème” opened at the Metropolitan Opera.

on December 14, 2022 at 7:25 AM
Razor-sharp Razor-sharp

On this day in 1979 mezzo Agnes Baltsa made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Octavian.

on December 13, 2022 at 9:37 AM
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