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 1859 Charles Gounod’s Faust premiered in Paris; five years later his opera Mirelle also premiered.
On this day in 1885 W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s The Mikado premiered in London.