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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.

Knight after knight

Happy 55th birthday tenor Roberto Alagna, currently in Paris for Samson et Dalila and Il trovatore going into rehearsals for his Bayreuth debut as Lohengrin July 25. Read more »


Happy 79th birthday tenor Giacomo Aragall. Read more »

Let’s start at the very beginning

On this day in 1971, James Levine made his Metropolitan Opera debut. Read more »

The Italian girl in excelcis

Happy 52nd birthday mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli. 

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Tall story

Happy 53rd birthday baritone Peter Mattei!

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Fire and music

Happy 69th birthday tenor Neil Shicoff.

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All the morning glories, or the fez!

The gayest tweet of all time ushers in mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade‘s 73rd birthday.

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Silver spoons

On this day in 1817 Rossini’s La gazza ladra premiered in Milan.

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She never walked alone

Born on this day in 1931 mezzo-soprano/soprano Shirley Verrett.

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Off spring

Born on this day in 1894 actress, singer and comedic performer Bea Lillie.

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