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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.

Who could ask for anything more?

Born on this day in 1908 Broadway diva Ethel MermanRead more »

“No operatic star has yet died soon enough for me”

On this day in 1942 conductor Sir Thomas Beecham made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting a double bill of Phoebus and Pan and La Coq d’OrRead more »

A shocker is born

On this day in 1900 Hariclea Darclée added Tosca to a repertoire which also included Gilda in Rigoletto, Ophélie in Hamlet, Valentine in Les Huguenots, Violetta in La traviata, Desdemona in Otello, Mimì in La boheme, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, and the title roles in Manon, Manon Lescaut, Aida, and Carmen.

On this day in 1900 Puccini’s Tosca premiered in Rome.  Read more »

Tales of the glass ceiling

On this day in 1976 conductor Sarah Caldwell made history with her Metropolitan Opera debut.

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There’s no business like shoe business

On this day in 1912 Pietro Mascagni’s Lodoletta had its United States premiere at the Metropolitan with Geraldine Farrar and Enrico Caruso in the leading roles.

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Seligstes Weib!

On this day in 1934 soprano Lotte Lehmann made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Sieglinde.

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I’m a bad, bad man

Happy 83rd birthday to baritone Sherrill Milnes.

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“Opera has no business making money”

Born on this day in 1902 impresario and opera manager Rudolf Bing.

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“I like melody!”

Born on this day in 1926 soprano Evelyn Lear.

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Su, profetessa!

On this day in 1955 contralto Marian Anderson made her historic Metropolitan Opera debut.

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