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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.

Transient worker

On this day in 1996 mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli made her Metropolitan Opera stage debut as Despina. (She has not performed at the Met since 1998.)  Read more »

Grace, under fire

On this day in 1928 soprano Grace Moore made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimi.  Read more »

Figlia dei Faraoni

On this day in 1968 mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Amneris.  Read more »

Lady for a day

On this day in 1959 soprano Leonie Rysanek made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Lady Macbeth.

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Jeune premier

On this day in 2006 tenor Jonas Kaufmann made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Alfredo.

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A masterpiece may be unwelcome but it is never dull

Born on this day in 1887 writer and librettist Gertrude Stein.

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Bronze goddess

Happy 81st birthday soprano Martina Arroyo!

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This is new

On this day in 1896, the premiere in Turin of Puccini’s La bohème; on this day in 1922, the birth of one of this work’s greatest interpreters, Renata Tebaldi

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Stairway to heaven

On this day in 1974 Verdi”s I vespri siciliani was first staged at the Metropolitan Opera.

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I woke up like this

On this day in 1957 soprano Martha Mödl made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Siegfried Brunnhilde.

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