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.


Fancy pants Fancy pants

On this day in 1976 mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Octavian.

on March 08, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Valse impériale Valse impériale

Born on this day in 1931 soprano Mady Mesplé.

on March 07, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Sworded lives Sworded lives

On this day in 1969 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Verdi’s Il trovatore.

on March 06, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Loony Kazan Loony Kazan

On this day in 2010 the Metropolitan Opera presented the company premiere of Shostakovich’s The Nose.

on March 05, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Nymph errant Nymph errant

On this day in 1922 the Metropolitan Opera presented the company debut of Catalani’s Loreley.

on March 04, 2023 at 6:00 AM
That’s what friends are for That’s what friends are for

On this day in 1970 mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne made her Metropolitan Opera debut in a new production of Norma.

on March 03, 2023 at 8:30 AM
Renegade princess Renegade princess

On this day in 1936, mezzo-soprano Bruna Castagna made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Amneris.

on March 02, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Here comes the sun Here comes the sun

On this day in 1945 the Metropolitan Opera revived Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le Coq d’Or.

on March 01, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Valley of the doll Valley of the doll

On this day in 1910 prima ballerina Anna Pavlova made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Coppelia (on a double bill with Werther!)

on February 28, 2023 at 9:03 AM
“A not unnatural desire to display her versatility” “A not unnatural desire to display her versatility”

On this day in 1890 the Metropolitan Opera presented the company premiere of Bellini’s Norma as “a benefit to supplement the earnings of Lilli Lehmann.”

on February 27, 2023 at 7:25 AM
In trousers In trousers

On this day in 1972 soprano Anja Silja made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Fidelio.

on February 26, 2023 at 8:33 AM
A four-star quartet A four-star quartet

On this day in 1976 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Bellini’s I puritani.

on February 25, 2023 at 8:14 AM
A fine day A fine day

Happy 89th birthday soprano Renata Scotto.

on February 24, 2023 at 8:17 AM
Comme une impératrice Comme une impératrice

Born on this day in 1927 soprano Régine Crespin.

on February 23, 2023 at 6:00 AM
On a small scale On a small scale

On this day in 1926, the youthful soprano Marion Talley sang Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera.

on February 22, 2023 at 7:15 AM
Making the trivial triumphant Making the trivial triumphant

On this day in 1978, the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Donizetti’s La favorita.

on February 21, 2023 at 9:50 AM
A musical orgasm A musical orgasm

On this day in 1989 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Salome.

on February 20, 2023 at 9:13 AM
Hört der Mutter Schwur! Hört der Mutter Schwur!

On this day in 1967 the Marc Chagall production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte was unveiled at the Met, featuring the debut of soprano Lucia Popp as the Queen of the Night.

on February 19, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Comedy tonight Comedy tonight

On this day in 1972 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment.

on February 17, 2023 at 3:55 AM
Skiff, I loved you Skiff, I loved you

On this day in 2015 the Metropolitan Opera presented the company premiere of Rossini’s La donna del lago.

on February 16, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Let it bleed Let it bleed

On this day in 2013 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Wagner’s Parsifal.

on February 15, 2023 at 6:00 AM
One more verse One more verse

Happy 64th birthday soprano Renée Fleming!

on February 14, 2023 at 11:21 AM
A delicate but defined charm A delicate but defined charm

On this day in 1937 soprano Bidu Sayão made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Manon.

on February 13, 2023 at 6:00 AM
That ‘Girl’ That ‘Girl’

On this day in 1970 Renata Tebaldi introduced her Minnie to the Metropolitan Opera.

on February 11, 2023 at 6:00 AM
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