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.

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Happy 82nd birthday to activist and actor Jane Fonda.

on December 21, 2019 at 11:10 AM
Crazy about the Navy Crazy about the Navy

On this day in 1968, the musical spoof Dames at Sea opened at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre, starring Bernadette Peters.

on December 20, 2019 at 1:01 PM
Sandy Sandy

Born on this day in 1953 baritone and teacher Sanford Sylvan.

on December 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“Stunning impact” “Stunning impact”

Sixty years ago today soprano Birgit Nilssson made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Isolde.

on December 18, 2019 at 10:25 AM
”I love applause!” ”I love applause!”

On this day in 1937 soprano Zinka Milanov made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Il trovatore.

on December 17, 2019 at 1:00 AM
A most improper noun A most improper noun

Born on this day in 1899 composer, playwright and actor Noel Coward.

on December 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Musical comedy girl Musical comedy girl

Miss Bette Davis starred in the musical revue Two’s Company, which opened on this day in 1952 at the Alvin Theatre to run only 90 performances.

on December 15, 2019 at 1:02 PM
These three These three

On this day in 1918 Puccini’s Il Trittico premiered at the Metropolitan Opera.

on December 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Il fascino di una voce Il fascino di una voce

Happy 89th birthday soprano Rosanna Carteri!

on December 13, 2019 at 8:51 AM
Debutante Debutante

Fifty years ago on this day, Jessye Norman made her professional debut as Wagner’s Elisabeth at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin.

on December 12, 2019 at 9:55 AM
Perseverance Perseverance

Happy 88th birthday actress and singer Rita Moreno.

on December 11, 2019 at 10:28 AM
True West True West

On this day in 1910 Puccini’s La fanciulla del West had its world premiere at the Met.

on December 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Veiled threat Veiled threat

On this day in 1905 Richard Strauss’s Salome premiered in Dresden.

on December 09, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Sie kämmt ihr goldenes Haar Sie kämmt ihr goldenes Haar

On this day in 1949 the Jule Styne musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre, making a star of Carol Channing and running 740 performances.

on December 08, 2019 at 11:34 AM
The mauve decadent The mauve decadent

Born on this day in 1900 actress Agnes Moorehead.

on December 06, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Beauty! Terrible Beauty! Beauty! Terrible Beauty!

On this day in 1890 the first complete performance of Les Troyens was given in Karlsruhe.

on December 05, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Heathers Heathers

On this day in 1893 soprano Nellie Melba made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Lucia.

on December 04, 2019 at 8:00 AM
The elusive quality of command The elusive quality of command

On this day in 1983 soprano Aprile Millo made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Amelia Boccanegra.

on December 03, 2019 at 8:00 AM
La Divina La Divina

Born 96 years ago today.

on December 02, 2019 at 8:00 AM
J’entends pleurer J’entends pleurer

On this day in 1962 conductor Ernest Ansermet made his in-house Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Pelléas and Mélisande.

on November 30, 2019 at 12:56 PM
A journey to a star A journey to a star

Born on this day in 1895 film choreographer and director Busby Berkeley.

on November 29, 2019 at 12:45 PM
Fill me with flaming desire Fill me with flaming desire

On this day in 1934 torch singer Libby Holman moaned the Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz standard “You and the Night and the Music” on the opening night of the musical Revenge with Music.

on November 28, 2019 at 11:04 AM
Prima ballerina Prima ballerina

On this day in 1951 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a new production of Aida, which featured the debut of African-American dancer Janet Collins.

on November 27, 2019 at 12:20 PM
“Maybe nothing ever like it” “Maybe nothing ever like it”

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

on November 26, 2019 at 11:21 AM
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