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.


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
“An ascending progression of sonority” “An ascending progression of sonority”

On this day in 1920 Ravel’s La Valse premiered in Paris.

on December 12, 2022 at 6:39 AM
Queen of the B’s Queen of the B’s

Born on this day in 1919 actress Marie Windsor.

on December 11, 2022 at 6:49 AM
Poker night Poker night

On this day in 1910 Puccini’s La fanciulla del West had its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera.

on December 10, 2022 at 9:31 AM
Behind the veil Behind the veil

On this day in 1905 Richard Strauss‘s Salome premiered in Dresden.

on December 09, 2022 at 4:53 AM
“That might be a wisecrack, but I doubt it” “That might be a wisecrack, but I doubt it”

On this day in 1925 the George S. Kaufman / Irving Berlin musical The Cocoanuts opened at the Lyric Theatre starring The Marx Brothers.

on December 08, 2022 at 3:40 AM
Almost paradise Almost paradise

Born on this day in 1864 soprano Sibyl Sanderson.

on December 07, 2022 at 1:25 AM
“Pseudo-Greek” “Pseudo-Greek”

On this day in 1960 soprano Eileen Farrell made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of a new production of Gluck’s Alceste.

on December 06, 2022 at 2:14 AM
Triste madre Triste madre

On this day in 1960, Galina Vishnevskaya made a guest appearance with the Metropolitan Opera, singing Madama Butterfly in Russian.

on December 05, 2022 at 1:26 AM
“A soprano from the antipodes” “A soprano from the antipodes”

On this day in 1935 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Die Walküre featuring the company debut of soprano Marjorie Lawrence as Brünnhilde.

on December 04, 2022 at 4:16 AM
‘Contes’, get you out of my head ‘Contes’, get you out of my head

On this day in 2009 the Metropolitan Opera presented a production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann that went through six major cast changes during the rehearsal period.

on December 03, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Tutelary Tutelary

Born 99 years ago.

on December 02, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Everyone’s an outlaw Everyone’s an outlaw

On this day in 1962, the Metropolitan Opera presented Ernani starring Carlo Bergonzi, Leontyne Price, Cornell MacNeil and Giorgio Tozzi, conducted by Thomas Schippers.

on December 01, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Co-conspirator Co-conspirator

On this day in 1990 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Rossini’s Semiramide.

on November 30, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Bring on the night Bring on the night

On this day in 1937 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with Tristan und Isolde.

on November 29, 2022 at 6:00 AM
The princess bride The princess bride

On this day in 1942 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor.

on November 28, 2022 at 12:42 PM
Comme un doux trésor Comme un doux trésor

On this day in 1906 a 24-year-old soprano named Geraldine Farrar made her Metropolitan Opera debut on the opening night of the season in Roméo et Juliette.

on November 26, 2022 at 5:45 PM
The lady came with an excellent reputation The lady came with an excellent reputation

On this day in 1885, soprano Lilli Lehmann made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Carmen (in German, of course.)

on November 25, 2022 at 2:10 AM
When my ship comes in When my ship comes in

On this day in 2000 soprano Nina Stemme made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Senta.

on November 24, 2022 at 11:58 AM
Marchons, marchons! Marchons, marchons!

On this day in 1940 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with La Fille du Régiment, starring Lily Pons and featuring the “Casablanca” finale!

on November 23, 2022 at 9:41 AM
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