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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.

You can’t stop the divas

Happy 61st birthday soprano Aprile Millo (and birthday greetings to three more divas after the jump! Read more »

Three little birds

Born on this day in 1933 soprano Montserrat CaballéRead more »

Blonde faith

On this day in 1975 soprano Katia Ricciarelli made her Met debut as Mimi. Read more »

Spring awakening

On this day in 1996 tenor Roberto Alagna made his Met debut as Rodolfo.

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Wild and whirling words

On this day in 1964, Richard Burton opened in Hamlet at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

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Once upon a prince

Born on this day in 1921 tenor Franco Corelli.

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Star-spangled Rossini

On this day in 1975 soprano Beverly Sills made her official Met debut as Pamira.

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Here comes my girl

On this day in 1989 soprano Sumi Jo made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Gilda.

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