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.

Conosco il mestier Conosco il mestier

On this day in 1996 tenor Roberto Alagna made his Met debut as Rodolfo

on April 10, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Dienen theater Dienen theater

On this day in 1992 soprano Deborah Polaski made her Met debut as Kundry

on April 09, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Italian stallion Italian stallion

Born on this day in 1921 tenor Franco Corelli

on April 08, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Breaching the walls Breaching the walls

On this day in 1975 Rossini‘s Siege of Corinth had its American stage premiere at the Metropolitan Opera

on April 07, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Filial piety Filial piety

On this day in 1989 soprano Sumi Jo made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Gilda

on April 06, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Nur du allein Nur du allein

Born on this day in 1908 conductor and director Herbert von Karajan

on April 05, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Eaglen’s wings Eaglen’s wings

Happy 64th birthday soprano Jane Eaglen

on April 04, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Perché chiuso? Perché chiuso?

On this day in 1975 soprano Magda Olivero made her historic, belated Metropolitan Opera debut as Tosca

on April 03, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Mes longs cheveux descendent Mes longs cheveux descendent

On this day in 1977 tenor Guy Chauvet made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Samson

on April 02, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Tis hatched and shall be so Tis hatched and shall be so

Happy April Fool’s Day!

on April 01, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Appalachian spring Appalachian spring

On this day in 1999 the Metropolitan Opera main stage premiere of Floyd‘s Susannah.

on March 31, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Quel che compro io vendo Quel che compro io vendo

On this day in 1970 tenor Nico Castel made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Don Basilo in Le nozze di Figaro

on March 30, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Brillez toujours Brillez toujours

On this day in 1879 Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin premiered in Moscow

on March 29, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Watcha thinking? Barcellona Watcha thinking? Barcellona

Happy 55th birthday mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona

on March 28, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Kiss and tell Kiss and tell

Born on this day in 1950 mezzo-soprano/soprano Maria Ewing

on March 27, 2024 at 6:00 AM
A great big clump of talent A great big clump of talent

On this day in 1964 the Jule Styne-Bob Merrill musical Funny Girl opened on Broadway

on March 26, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Del verso io son l’accento Del verso io son l’accento

Born on this day in 1910 soprano Magda Olivero

on March 25, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Faithful to the letter Faithful to the letter

On this day in 1920 the first performance of Tchaikovsky‘s Eugene Onegin at the Met

on March 24, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Those stitches tell a curious tale Those stitches tell a curious tale

On this day in 1977 soprano Ileana Cotrubas made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimì

on March 23, 2024 at 6:00 AM
What would we do without you? What would we do without you?

Birthday Celebrations of Musical Theater composers:

on March 22, 2024 at 6:00 AM
L’ospite L’ospite

On this day in 2008 soprano Angela Meade made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Elvira in Ernani

on March 21, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Im wachen Dichtertraum Im wachen Dichtertraum

Born on this day in 1890 tenors Lauritz Melchior

on March 20, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Dealer’s choice Dealer’s choice

Three Metropolitan Opera premieres on this date:

on March 19, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Special baby Special baby

On this day in 1977 Alban Berg‘s Lulu premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in the as-yet incomplete 2 act version.

on March 18, 2024 at 6:00 AM