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.

He who laughs first

On this day in 1892 Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci premiered in Milan.  Read more »

One of the drawbacks of fame is that one can never escape from it

Born on this day in 1861 soprano Nellie Melba. Read more »

Double diva day

Born on this day in 1906 soprano Zinka Milanov and in 1918 soprano Birgit NilssonRead more »

Like a fine wine

Happy 69th birthday bass Ferruccio Furlanetto! 

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“Simple, direct and deeply human”

On this day in 1937 mezzo soprano Jennie Tourel made her Met debut as Thomas’ Mignon.

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“Splendida voce, fraseggio esemplare”

Born on this day in 1957 soprano Daniela Dessì. 

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Serious stuff

Born on this day in 1842 composer Arthur Sullivan. 

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Failure! Am I? Am I? Am I?

Thirty years ago today the musical Carrie: The Musical opened at the Virginia Theatre, to run four performances.

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A new hope

On this day in 2002 tenor Salvatore Licitra made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Cavardossi. 

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Gallantly streaming

On this day in 1937 “Star Spangled Banner: soprano Lucy Monroe made her only Metropolitan Opera performance as Musetta.

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