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.

The biting and the fighting

On this day in 1939, the Metropolitan Opera on tour in New Orleans presented Carmen featuring Bruna Castagna in the title role.  Read more »

Bell of the ball

On this day in 1883 Leo Delibes’ Lakmé premiered in Paris.  Read more »

Day of the Divas 2: Divadienst!

Born on this day in 1931 soprano Anita Cerquetti, and in 1941 soprano soprano Margaret Price. Happy 62nd birthday soprano Barbara Bonney and happy 60th birthday soprano Aprile Millo. Read more »

Day of the divas

Born on this day in 1898 soprano Lily Pons. Happy 85th birthday soprano Montserrat Caballé and happy 70th birthday soprano Mariella Devia!

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Bella come un’aurora

On this day in 1975 soprano Katia Ricciarelli made her Met debut as Mimi.

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New boy in town

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

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The messenger

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

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Prince of the city

Tenor Franco Corelli was born on this day in 1921, the 45th anniversary of the premiere of Ponchelli’s La Gioconda in Milan.

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You’ve got to climb Mount Everest

On this day in 1975 soprano Beverly Sills made her official Metropolitan Opera debut as Pamira in L’assedio di Corinto. 

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Dear name

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

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