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.


An opening for a princess An opening for a princess

On this day in 1959 Once Upon a Mattress transfered to the Alvin Theatre. The show, by composer Mary Rodgers, ran 450 performances and made a star of Carol Burnett.

on November 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM
This daughter of Wotan This daughter of Wotan

Born on this day in 1848 soprano Lilli Lehmann. On this day in 1938 tenor Jussi Bjoerling made his Met debut as Rodolfo. Mafalda Favero also made her debut as Mimi.

on November 24, 2019 at 12:22 PM
Popular success Popular success

On this day in 1903 Enrico Caruso made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Duke of Mantua.

on November 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful” “It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful”

Born on this day in 1913 composer Benjamin Britten.

on November 22, 2019 at 7:21 AM
Dark victory Dark victory

On this day in 1967 conductor Herbert von Karajan bowed at the Metropolitan Opera conducting and directing Die Walküre.

on November 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Even the orchestra is beautiful Even the orchestra is beautiful

On this day in 1966 the landmark concept musical Cabaret opened at the Broadhurst Theatre to run 1,165 performances.

on November 20, 2019 at 11:41 AM
The way she was The way she was

On this day in 1962 soprano Régine Crespin made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Marschallin.

on November 19, 2019 at 10:24 AM
Shining star Shining star

On this day in 1974 tenor José Carreras made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Cavardossi.

on November 18, 2019 at 7:00 AM
Silver lining Silver lining

On this day in 1975 soprano Roberta Peters celebrated the 25th anniversary of her Metropolitan Opera debut, singing Despina.

on November 17, 2019 at 11:28 AM
Living in the past Living in the past

On this day in 1981 Stephen Sondheim‘s Merrily We Roll Along opened at the Alvin Theatre, to run 16 performances.

on November 16, 2019 at 10:28 AM
A star is born A star is born

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

on November 15, 2019 at 1:17 PM
Light my fire Light my fire

Born on this day in 1926 soprano Leonie Rysanek.

on November 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“Let me feel, not speak” “Let me feel, not speak”

On this day in 1906 Alla Nazimova made her Broadway debut in the title role of Hedda Gabler at the Princess Theatre.

on November 13, 2019 at 7:57 AM
The constant nymph The constant nymph

On this day in 1993 Dvorak’s Rusalka finally appeared at the Met, with Gabriela Benacková in the title role.

on November 11, 2019 at 10:09 AM
She tells me you’re some sort of a genius She tells me you’re some sort of a genius

Born on this day in 1889 film and stage actor Claude Rains.

on November 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM
To draw a firm line To draw a firm line

Born on this day in 1883 stage and film actress Edna May Oliver.

on November 09, 2019 at 11:42 AM
Burnished Burnished

On this day in 1965 bass Nicolai Ghiaurov made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Méphistophélès.

on November 08, 2019 at 12:26 PM
A tidal wave of a voice A tidal wave of a voice

Happy 83rd birthday soprano Gwyneth Jones.

on November 07, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Touch me and you’ll burn Touch me and you’ll burn

On this day in 1928 the Metropolitan Opera presented the American premiere of Richard Strauss‘s Die Ägyptische Helena.

on November 06, 2019 at 11:32 AM
Not the marrying kind Not the marrying kind

Happy 47th birthday baritone Mariusz Kwiecien.

on November 04, 2019 at 9:04 AM
This is quite a problem, professor This is quite a problem, professor

On this day in 1954 Godzilla made his film debut in the classic kaiju film directed by Ishirö Honda.

on November 03, 2019 at 11:18 AM
Boy trouble Boy trouble

On this day in 2005 mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato made her Met debut as Cherubino.

on November 02, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“I don’t like traditions” “I don’t like traditions”

Born on this day in 1923 soprano Victoria de los Angeles.

on November 01, 2019 at 8:00 AM
ABC’s answer to trick or treat ABC’s answer to trick or treat

Happy Halloween, cher public!

on October 31, 2019 at 8:00 AM
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