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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.

He who laughs last

On this day in 1985 baritone Giuseppe Taddei made his belated Metropolitan Opera debut as Falstaff. Read more »

The rivals

Baritone day! Born on this day Ettore Bastianini (pictured) and Cornell MacNeil (both in 1922) and Pablo Elvira (in 1938). Read more »

“Aristocratic sensibility and simplicity”

Born on this day in 1907 soprano Jarmila NovotnáRead more »

“The silky-toned Miss Verrett makes the most of the situation”

On this day in 1968 mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Carmen.

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The royal family

On this day in 1971 Sir Rudolf Bing opened his final season at the Met with a revival of Don Carlo.

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Happy 91st birthday actress Rosemary Harris!

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The shades of it all

Happy 47th birthday soprano Anna Netrebko!

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No adjectives

On this day in 1971 the Met revived Norma with its surefire team of Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne.

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