Cher Public


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.


On this day in 1937 the National Broadcasting Company formed a full-sized symphony orchestra. Read more »

Roses turn

Born on this day in 1939 soprano Lucia PoppRead more »

Lake, placid

On this day in 1993 Dvorak’s Rusalka finally appeared at the Met. Gabriela Benacková does the honors. Read more »

Under water

On this day in 1970 the Richard RodgersMartin Charnin musical Two by Two (with Danny Kaye as Noah) opened at the Imperial Theatre, to run 351 performances.

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Bryn to be wild

Happy 53rd birthday bass-baritone Bryn Terfel.

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Day of the devil

On this day in 1965 bass Nicolai Ghaiurov made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Méphistophélès.

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Troy story

On this day in 1928 the American premiere of Richard Strauss’ Die ägyptische Helena took place at the Met, with Maria Jeritza in the title role.

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A prima donna is born

On this day in 1883 the Metropolitan Opera presented its very first Traviata with Marcella Sembrich as Violetta.

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