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.


Devil in disguise Devil in disguise

On this day in 1953 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a new production of Gounod’s Faust.

on November 16, 2022 at 9:09 AM
“Nothing short of sensational” “Nothing short of sensational”

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

on November 15, 2022 at 8:09 AM
Higher and higher Higher and higher

Born on this day in 1926 soprano Leonie Rysanek.

on November 14, 2022 at 8:47 AM
A harmonious ensemble of color A harmonious ensemble of color

On this day in 1951 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a new production of Aida.

on November 13, 2022 at 9:51 AM
My old flame My old flame

On this day in 1987 mezzo-soprano Livia Budai made her Metropolitan Opera debut in a new production of Il trovatore… and her farewell two weeks later.

on November 12, 2022 at 7:32 AM
My melancholy baby My melancholy baby

On this day in 1912 Lucrezia Bori and Enrico Caruso opened the Met season in a new production of Manon Lescaut.

on November 11, 2022 at 8:00 AM
“I didn’t hear the cheers” “I didn’t hear the cheers”

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge.

on November 09, 2022 at 6:00 AM
“Puissant individuality” “Puissant individuality”

On this day in 1901 the Metropolitan Opera, on tour in Los Angeles, presented the inimitable Emma Calvé as Carmen.

on November 08, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Ha! Dieser Stolz Ha! Dieser Stolz

On this day in 1898 contralto Ernestine Schumann-Heink made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Ortrud.

on November 07, 2022 at 4:30 AM
“A Teutonic Zaza” “A Teutonic Zaza”

On this day in 1928, the Metropolitan Opera presented the American premiere of Richard Strauss‘s Die Ägyptische Helena with Maria Jeritza in the title role.

on November 06, 2022 at 8:00 AM
“Judicious liberality” “Judicious liberality”

On this day in 1883 the Metropolitan Opera presented the company premiere of La traviata.

on November 05, 2022 at 6:30 AM
“Almost unbelievable crudity” “Almost unbelievable crudity”

On this day in 1924, the Metropolitan Opera presented La bohème, a performance visiting critic Ernest Newman didn’t seem to like one bit.

on November 04, 2022 at 6:41 AM
“Opera has become like instant soup” “Opera has become like instant soup”

On this day in 1989 soprano June Anderson made her Metropolitan Opera debut in a new production of Rigoletto.

on November 03, 2022 at 4:32 AM
Turbata anima mia Turbata anima mia

On this day in 1931 apparently ubiquitous soprano Rosa Ponselle graced the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night performance of La traviata.

on November 02, 2022 at 4:09 AM
Antique sonority Antique sonority

On this day in 1926 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with La vestale with Rosa Ponselle in the title role.

on November 01, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Burning and bitter beauty Burning and bitter beauty

On this day in 1927 the Metropolitan Opera opened its 1927 season with a revival of Turandot featuring Maria Jeritza and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi.

on October 31, 2022 at 1:09 AM
Utterly commanding Utterly commanding

On this day in 1975 the Metropolitan Opera presented the role debut of Régine Crespin as Carmen.

on October 30, 2022 at 8:00 AM
“Dynamic, highly charged, tigerish” “Dynamic, highly charged, tigerish”

On this day in 1956 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with Maria Callas in Norma.

on October 29, 2022 at 12:55 AM
An unholy decadence An unholy decadence

On this day in 1966 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Elektra.

on October 28, 2022 at 8:00 AM
“Prima inter pares” “Prima inter pares”

On this day in September 27, 1988, the Metropolitan opera presented the company premiere of Giulio Cesare, starring Kathleen Battle and Tatiana Troyanos.

on October 27, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Someday my prince will come Someday my prince will come

On this day in 1995 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Pikovaya Dama, an evening which also provided a spectacular company debut for baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

on October 26, 2022 at 3:07 AM
I’ll take Sweden I’ll take Sweden

On this day in 1990 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Un ballo in maschera.

on October 25, 2022 at 12:46 PM
Serve it ancient city style Serve it ancient city style

On this day in 1960 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with the company premiere of Nabucco.

on October 24, 2022 at 10:42 AM
Minnie series Minnie series

On this day in 1961 Leontyne Price opened the Metropolitan Opera season in La fanciulla del West.

on October 23, 2022 at 10:05 AM
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