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.

Women upset everything Women upset everything

On this day in 1914, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion opened at His Majesty’s Theatre in London, starring Mrs. Patrick Campbell.

on April 11, 2020 at 11:33 AM
Boy trouble Boy trouble

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

on April 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Diamonds is my career” “Diamonds is my career”

On this day in 1928 Mae West played triple threat as playwright, director and star of Diamond Lil, which ran for 323 performances at the Royale Theatre.

on April 09, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Listen to my voice Listen to my voice

Born on this day in 1921 tenor Franco Corelli.

on April 08, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Long lost daughter Long lost daughter

On this day in 1975 Rossini’s Siege of Corinth had its American stage premiere at the Metropolitan Opera. Soprano Beverly Sills made her official Met debut as Pamira.

on April 07, 2020 at 11:07 AM
Her heart belongs to daddy Her heart belongs to daddy

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

on April 06, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Open your heart Open your heart

Happy 90th birthday soprano Mary Costa.

on April 05, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Shadow play Shadow play

On this day in 1859 Meyerbeer’s Le pardon de Ploërmel premiered in Paris.

on April 04, 2020 at 8:00 AM
If you hit the jackpot If you hit the jackpot

On this day in 1963, Liza Minnelli, age 17, made her off-Broadway debut in a revival of Best Foot Forward.

on April 02, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Time is very kind to her Time is very kind to her

On this day in 1892, Adelina Patti sang her first and only performance of La traviata at the Metropolitan Opera House.

on March 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Flop of steel Flop of steel

On this day in 1966 the musical It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman opened at the Alvin Theatre.

on March 29, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Super bass Super bass

Happy 78th birthday bass Samuel Ramey.

on March 28, 2020 at 12:05 PM
Nobody gets anything for nothing Nobody gets anything for nothing

Born on this day in 1899 film diva Gloria Swanson.

on March 27, 2020 at 11:53 AM
Small victory Small victory

On this day in 1977 soprano Ileana Cotrubas made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimì.

on March 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Going for the gold Going for the gold

On this day in 2003 the legendary Chita Rivera celebrated 50 years as a Broadway performer playing the role of Liliane LeFleur in a Broadway revival of the musical Nine.

on March 21, 2020 at 12:38 PM
Mods against tomorrow Mods against tomorrow

On this day in 1967, model, singer and entrepreneur Twiggy arrived in New York City.

on March 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Star quality Star quality

Happy 91st birthday soprano Antonietta Stella.

on March 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM
The sacred idol The sacred idol

Born on this day in 1922 composer, arranger and “King of Exotica” Les Baxter.

on March 14, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Nervous, questing, insatiable Nervous, questing, insatiable

On this day in 1949, Ljuba Welitsch sang the title role of Salome on a Met broadcast.

on March 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM
It was a glad adventure It was a glad adventure

On this day in 1954 the musical The Golden Apple opened off-Broadway.

on March 11, 2020 at 11:43 AM
The matching of tones The matching of tones

Born on this day in 1892 soprano Dame Eva Turner.

on March 10, 2020 at 1:09 PM
Don’t talk to strangers Don’t talk to strangers

Born on this day in 1910 composer Samuel Barber.

on March 09, 2020 at 9:27 AM
Just leave everything to me! Just leave everything to me!

Happy 61st birthday to musical theater diva Donna Murphy.

on March 07, 2020 at 11:28 AM
En direct En direct

Happy 45th birthday conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

on March 06, 2020 at 10:39 AM
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