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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.

Maid in Manhattan

On this day in 1996 mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli made her Metropolitan Opera stage debut as Despina.  Read more »

Moore is less

On this day in 1928 soprano Grace Moore made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimi. Read more »


On this day in 1968 mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Amneris.  Read more »

Lady be good

On this day in 1959 soprano Leonie Rysanek made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Lady Macbeth.

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Alfredo sauce

On this day in 2006 tenor Jonas Kaufmann made his Metropolitan Opera debut in La traviata.

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Ladies there is no neutral position for us to assume

Born on this day in 1887 poet and librettist Gertrude Stein.

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Queen of hearts

Happy 82nd birthday soprano Martina Arroyo.

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That French girl

On this day in 1893, the premiere of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in Turin.

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