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.

Smart artist Smart artist

Happy birthday tenor Michael Fabiano.

on May 08, 2020 at 11:54 AM
Upper West Side Story Upper West Side Story

On this day in 2017 the Metropolitan Opera celebrated 50 years at Lincoln Center.

on May 07, 2020 at 10:06 AM
Oh what a knight Oh what a knight

On this day in 1948 the Metropolitan Opera presented Der Rosenkavalier in Northrup Memorial Auditorium in Minneapolis.

on May 06, 2020 at 8:00 AM
With an emphasis on the latter With an emphasis on the latter

On this day in 1955 the Richard Adler/Jerry Ross musical Damn Yankees opened at the 46th Street Theatre, to run 1,019 performances.

on May 05, 2020 at 7:53 AM
You’ve got to come back a star! You’ve got to come back a star!

Born on this day in 1930 soprano Roberta Peters.

on May 04, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Never admit to anything to anybody” “Never admit to anything to anybody”

Born on this day in 1906 actress and author Mary Astor.

on May 03, 2020 at 12:19 PM
“Dawn of a New Day” “Dawn of a New Day”

On this day in 1939, the Metropolitan Opera launched a gala “New York World’s Fair Season.”

on May 02, 2020 at 10:59 AM
“I change the mood” “I change the mood”

Born on this day in 1917 actress Danielle Darrieux.

on May 01, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Two on the Nile Two on the Nile

On this day in 1928 Rosa Ponselle and Giovanni Martinelli graced the boards of Public Hall, Cleveland in a Met touring performance of Aida.

on April 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Push me, pult me Push me, pult me

Happy maestro day!

on April 29, 2020 at 11:14 AM
The other side The other side

On this day in 1900 David Belasco‘s play Madame Butterfly opened at The Duke of York’s Theatre in London with Blanche Bates in the title role.

on April 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Lady’s choice Lady’s choice

On this day in 1895 Lillian Nordica sang Leonora to Francesco Tamagno‘s Manrico in the tenor’s Met farewell.

on April 27, 2020 at 2:30 AM
I’ll laugh tomorrow I’ll laugh tomorrow

Happy 87th birthday to actress and comedian Carol Burnett.

on April 26, 2020 at 12:50 PM
Hab’ mir’s gelobt Hab’ mir’s gelobt

Born on this day in 1918 soprano Astrid Varnay.

on April 25, 2020 at 2:00 AM
Unsentimental lady Unsentimental lady

On this day in 2015 Chita Rivera opened her 18th Broadway show as the star of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Terrence McNally‘s The Visit.

on April 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Bold as love Bold as love

Happy 85th birthday mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto.

on April 22, 2020 at 2:17 AM
The only safe thing is to take a chance The only safe thing is to take a chance

Happy 88th birthday comedian, film director, screenwriter, and actress Elaine May.

on April 21, 2020 at 1:00 AM
Happy 4/20! Happy 4/20!

J’allume au feu du jour ma cigarette.

on April 20, 2020 at 12:41 AM
Diary of a chambermaid Diary of a chambermaid

Happy 55th birthday soprano Natalie Dessay.

on April 19, 2020 at 11:40 AM
The power of good-bye The power of good-bye

Opera premieres on this day:

on April 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Angelica Angelica

Born on this day in 1938 actress Claudia Cardinale.

on April 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM
What did I ever see in him? What did I ever see in him?

On this day in 1960 the Charles StrouseLee Adams musical Bye Bye Birdie opened at the Martin Beck Theatre to run 607 performances.

on April 14, 2020 at 12:05 PM
Happy Diva Day 2! Happy Diva Day 2!

Born on this day in 1931 soprano Anita Cerquetti.

on April 13, 2020 at 12:25 PM
Happy Diva Day! Happy Diva Day!

Born on this day in 1898 soprano Lily Pons.

on April 12, 2020 at 11:54 AM
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