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.

Broadway babies

Birthday greetings to two musical theatre giants: Stephen Sondheim, 88, and Andrew Lloyd Webber, 70.  Read more »

Pillow talk

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

Spring awakening

Happy vernal equinox, today at 12:15 PM EDT.   Read more »

Yaas, queen!

Three Metropolitan Opera premieres on this date!

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

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On this day in 1951 soprano Victoria de los Angeles made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Marguerite in Faust.

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Each in her style a Delilah reborn

Happy birthday to a brace of perennial divas: Christa Ludwig (pictured), age 90, and Teresa Berganza, age 83!

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Age: still young

Two very different Broadway musical dramas opened on this date: Menotti’s The Consul in 1950 and Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady in 1956.

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On this day of victory

On this day in 1847 Verdi’s Macbeth premiered at the Teatro della Pergola in Firenze.

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Love me or leaf me

On this day in 1997 Robert Carsen made his Met debut with a new production of Eugene Onegin.

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