Cher Public


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.

Divine intervention

Born on this day in 1923. Read more »

Broadway melodies

On this day no skies are gray on that great white way as we celebrate a gaggle of Broadway anniversaries! Read more »

Parce qu’il fait froid et qu’il n’y a plus de feuilles

On this day in 1962 conductor Ernest Ansermet made his in-house Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Pelléas et Mélisande. This run of five performances was the extent of his Met career. Featured were Anna Moffo and Theodore Uppman, with Teresa Stratas as Yniold.  Read more »

The Met in low def

On this day in 1948 Verdi’s Otello was the first opera to be telecast from the Met.

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Love walked in

Born on this day in 1904 soprano Helen Jepson.

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Which pleased me most

On this day in 1843 Michael Balfe’s The Bohemian Girl premiered in London.

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Rara avis

On this day in 1961 soprano Joan Sutherland made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Lucia di Lammermoor.

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She swam the moat

On this day in 1959, the musical Once Upon a Mattress transferred uptown to Broadway.

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