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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.

Queen of legato

Born on this day in 1897 soprano Rosa Ponselle. Read more »

Always on Sunday

Happy 78th (or so) birthday tenor/baritone/conductor Plácido DomingoRead more »

Infectious diseuse

Born on this day in 1865 cabaret singer and actress of the Belle Époque Yvette Guilbert. Read more »

Faster than a speeding bullet

On this day in 1984 bass Samuel Ramey made his Metroplitan Opera debut in Handel’s Rinaldo

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O tentatrice!

On this day in 1907 the Metropolian Opera premiered Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with the composer in attendance.

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Tears of a clown

On this day in 1960 tenor Jon Vickers made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Canio.

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General commander

Happy 85th birthday mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.

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Too many sauces

On this day in 1958 Samuel Barber‘s Vanessa had its world premiere at the Met.

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