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.

Mai Tosca alla scena più tragica fu! Mai Tosca alla scena più tragica fu!

On this day in 1900 Puccini’s Tosca premiered in Rome.

on January 14, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Queen of tears Queen of tears

Born on this day in 1905 actress Kay Francis.

on January 13, 2021 at 8:00 AM
A paradoxical voice A paradoxical voice

Born on this day in 1938 mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos.

on January 12, 2021 at 8:13 AM
Electrifying Electrifying

On this day in 1934 soprano Lotte Lehmann made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Sieglinde.

on January 11, 2021 at 8:25 AM
Top of the world Top of the world

Happy 86th birthday baritone Sherrill Milnes.

on January 10, 2021 at 9:59 AM
Daughter of Wotan Daughter of Wotan

Happy 65th birthday soprano/mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier.

on January 09, 2021 at 9:50 AM
I want them to see my soul I want them to see my soul

On this day in 1955 contralto Marian Anderson made her historic Metropolitan Opera debut.

on January 07, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Second to nun Second to nun

Born on this day in 1913 actress Loretta Young.

on January 06, 2021 at 9:27 AM
L’esprit de l’escalier L’esprit de l’escalier

On this day in 1875 the Palais Garnier was inaugurated in Paris.

on January 05, 2021 at 8:45 AM
Saving Grace Saving Grace

Happy 84th birthday soprano/mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry.

on January 04, 2021 at 8:46 AM
You lose a part of your soul You lose a part of your soul

Born on this day in 1905 actress Anna May Wong.

on January 03, 2021 at 2:51 AM
Effortless and precise Effortless and precise

On this day in 1913 soprano Frieda Hempel sang her second performance at the Metropolitan Opera, the Queen in Les Huguenots opposite Emmy Destinn, Enrico Caruso, Dinh Gilly, Léon Rothier and Adamo Didur.

on January 02, 2021 at 7:39 AM
L’ultima diva L’ultima diva

Born on this day in 1923 actress Valentina Cortese.

on January 01, 2021 at 6:38 AM
Look me over once Look me over once

On this day in 1950, the Metropolitan Opera performed their new production of Fledermaus with a cast including Patrice Munsel, Risë Stevens, Ljuba Welitsch, Set Svanholm and John Brownlee.

on December 31, 2020 at 12:02 AM
I’ll make a man out of you I’ll make a man out of you

Born on this day in 1936 actress Mary Tyler Moore.

on December 29, 2020 at 12:09 AM
“Old people are scary” “Old people are scary”

Happy 86th birthday to the sublime Dame Maggie Smith.

on December 28, 2020 at 6:38 AM
I am not a myth I am not a myth

Born on this day in 1901 actress Marlene Dietrich.

on December 27, 2020 at 12:40 AM
No more tears No more tears

Happy 82nd birthday soprano Adriana Maliponte.

on December 26, 2020 at 2:24 AM
Fire on the mountain Fire on the mountain

Happy 39th birthday soprano Sonya Yoncheva.

on December 25, 2020 at 6:39 AM
December child December child

Happy 74th birthday soprano Edita Gruberova.

on December 23, 2020 at 5:00 AM
Art is a kind of illness Art is a kind of illness

Born on this day in 1858 composer Giacomo Puccini.

on December 22, 2020 at 10:57 AM
We’re not meant to be perfect We’re not meant to be perfect

Happy 83rd birthday to actress, political activist and environmentalist Jane Fonda.

on December 21, 2020 at 2:00 AM
“Acting is not everything” “Acting is not everything”

Born on this day in 1898 actress and singer Irene Dunne.

on December 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Singing contest Singing contest

On this day in 1960 Georg Solti made his Met debut conducting Tannhäuser, featuring baritone Hermann Prey, also debuting, as Wolfram.

on December 17, 2020 at 4:30 AM
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