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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.

A saucerful of secrets

Born on this day in 1912 soprano/mezzo-soprano Martha MödlRead more »

Give me a ‘Ring’ sometime

On this day in 1975 the Metropolitan Opera completed its first integral Ring cycle since 1962.  Read more »

Meet acute

Born on this day in 1890 two legendary tenors. Read more »

Our heroine

Happy 73rd birthday soprano Diana Soviero.

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Things to come

On this day in 1977 Alban Berg’s Lulu premiered at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Out of the ordinary

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

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Got to get you into my wife

On this day in 1991 soprano Renée Fleming made her impromptu Metropolitan Opera stage debut as Countess Almaviva.

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Five times a lady

On this day in 1956 Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, to run 2,717 performances.

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