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.


Voici l’opéra Voici l’opéra

On this day in 1875 the Palais Garnier was inaugurated in Paris 

on January 05, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Meine Sängerin, auf! Meine Sängerin, auf!

Born on this day in 1937 soprano/mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry.

on January 04, 2024 at 6:00 AM
A keen sense of audience effect A keen sense of audience effect

On this day in 1956 the Metropolitan Opera celebrated the 25th anniversary of soprano Lily Pons with a special Gala performance (Act 2 Rigoletto, Lucia Mad Scene and a concert). 

on January 03, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Egyptologie Egyptologie

On this day in 2015 soprano Marjorie Owens made her Metropolitan Opera debut (and only Met performance thus far) as Verdi‘s Aida.

on January 02, 2024 at 6:00 AM
A living force A living force

Happy New Year, Parterrians!

on January 01, 2024 at 6:00 AM
When you’re gifted, then you’re gifted When you’re gifted, then you’re gifted

Born on this day in 1905 composer Jule Styne

on December 31, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Shrew on the other foot Shrew on the other foot

On this day in 1948 Cole Porter‘s Kiss Me Kate opened on Broadway

on December 30, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Cello sweets Cello sweets

Born on this day in 1876 cellist and conductor Pablo Casals

on December 29, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Duck duck goosegirl Duck duck goosegirl

On this day in 1910 Engelbert Humperdinck‘s ‘other’ opera Königskinder premiered at the Met

on December 28, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Dress for the image Dress for the image

Born on this day in 1901 actress Marlene Dietrich

on December 27, 2023 at 6:00 AM
I went by the Druid’s tone I went by the Druid’s tone

On this day in 1831 Bellini‘s Norma premiered at La Scala

on December 26, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Deep and Crisp and even Deep and Crisp and even

Merry Christmas, Parterrians!

on December 25, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Go out and see Go out and see

On this night in 1951 Giancarlo Menotti‘s Amahl and the Night Visitors premiered on television

on December 24, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Ear candy Ear candy

On this day in 1893 Engelbert Humperdinck‘s Hansel und Gretel premiered in Weimar

on December 23, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Lucca-like Lucca-like

Born on this day in 1858 composer Giacomo Puccini

on December 22, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Silver linings’ playbook Silver linings’ playbook

On this day in 1921 Jerome Kern‘s Sally produced by Ziegfeld on Broadway

on December 21, 2023 at 6:00 AM
A beautiful little fool A beautiful little fool

Happy 85th birthday composer John Harbison

on December 20, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Let them eat cake Let them eat cake

On this date in 1991 the world premiere of John Corigliano‘s The Ghost of Versailles at the Met

on December 19, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Streich up the band Streich up the band

Born on this day in 1920 soprano Rita Streich…

on December 18, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Ticklish problems Ticklish problems

Georg Solti made his Met debut conducting Tannhäuser on this date in 1960.

on December 17, 2023 at 6:00 AM
If you’re a star, you should behave like one If you’re a star, you should behave like one

Born on this day in 1770 composer Ludwig van Beethoven

on December 16, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Del mio pensiero tu sei Raina Del mio pensiero tu sei Raina

Happy 89th birthday soprano Raina Kabaivanska

on December 15, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Quest’ansia, questa strana nostalgia Quest’ansia, questa strana nostalgia

On this day in 1918 Puccini’s Il trittico had its world premiere at the Met

on December 14, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Die Ehre wiederfahren Die Ehre wiederfahren

On this day in 1979 mezzo Agnes Baltsa made her Met debut as Octavian

on December 13, 2023 at 6:00 AM
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