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.


The merriest of widows she The merriest of widows she

Happy April Fools’ Day!

on April 01, 2023 at 9:01 AM
“A magnificent creature” “A magnificent creature”

On this day in 1994 the already legendary Mirella Freni brought her interpretation of Adriana Lecouvreur to the Metropolitan Opera.

on March 31, 2023 at 8:16 AM
A woman’s prerogative A woman’s prerogative

On this day in 1946 Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer‘s musical St. Louis Woman opened at Martin Beck Theater.

on March 30, 2023 at 12:34 AM
Urteufelin Urteufelin

On this day in 2001, Violeta Urmana made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Kundry.

on March 29, 2023 at 10:01 AM
A step backwards into conventionality A step backwards into conventionality

On this day in 1981 the Metropolitan Opera telecast its new and unremarkable production of La traviata.

on March 28, 2023 at 6:00 AM
A fella with an umbrella A fella with an umbrella

On this day in 1952 the film Singin’ in the Rain premiered at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.

on March 27, 2023 at 10:10 AM
Mounting dread Mounting dread

On this day in 1992 the Metropolitan Opera presented a [disastrous] new production of Elektra.

on March 26, 2023 at 6:00 AM
And when I die And when I die

Born on this day in 1910 soprano Magda Olivero.

on March 25, 2023 at 10:00 AM
À la russe À la russe

On this day in 1920 the Metropolitan Opera presented the company’s first performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

on March 24, 2023 at 4:33 AM
The girl next door The girl next door

On this day in 1977 soprano Ileana Cotrubas made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimì.

on March 23, 2023 at 3:38 AM
The Finnish line The Finnish line

On this day in 1990 soprano Karita Mattila made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Donna Elvira in a new production of Don Giovanni.

on March 22, 2023 at 7:44 AM
“Flute-like Santos-Dumont notes” “Flute-like Santos-Dumont notes”

On this day in 1908 soprano Ellen Beach Yaw made her debut and only performance at the Metropolitan Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor.

on March 21, 2023 at 3:35 AM
Veil song Veil song

On this day in 1901 the Metropolitan Opera presented the company premiere of Reyer’s Salammbô.

on March 20, 2023 at 1:12 AM
Valentine’s massacre Valentine’s massacre

On this day in 1884 the Metropolitan Opera presented its first performance of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots.

on March 19, 2023 at 8:23 AM
Demimondaine Demimondaine

On this day in 1993 Tiziana Fabbricini made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Violetta.

on March 18, 2023 at 5:00 AM
Spook music Spook music

On this day in 1967 the Metropolitan Opera presented the world premiere of Marvin David Levy‘s Mourning Becomes Electra.

on March 17, 2023 at 1:14 AM
Dove sono i bei momenti Dove sono i bei momenti

On this day in 1991 soprano Renée Fleming made her Metropolitan Opera stage debut as Countess Almaviva.

on March 16, 2023 at 1:34 AM
Helen is always willing Helen is always willing

On this day in 2007 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Die Ägyptische Helena.

on March 15, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Knocking on heaven’s door Knocking on heaven’s door

On this day in 1959 soprano Martina Arroyo made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Celestial Voice in Don Carlo.

on March 14, 2023 at 4:08 PM
Cistern act Cistern act

On this day in 1965 the Metropolitan Opera offered a matinee performance of Salome featuring Birgit Nilsson.

on March 13, 2023 at 2:09 AM
Master of monumentality Master of monumentality

On this day in 1987 the Met raised the curtain on Franco Zeffirelli‘s production of Turandot.

on March 12, 2023 at 12:46 AM
Isle, follow my secret heart Isle, follow my secret heart

On this day in 1993, the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos.

on March 11, 2023 at 6:00 AM
“A graceful trifle” “A graceful trifle”

On this day in 1928 the Metropolitan Opera presented the United States premiere of Puccini’s La rondine starring Lucrezia Bori and Beniamino GIgli.

on March 10, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Fascinating chiaroscuro Fascinating chiaroscuro

On this day in 1984, the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini.

on March 09, 2023 at 6:00 AM
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