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.

Quite so obvious Quite so obvious

Happy 87th birthday Dame Joan Collins!

on May 23, 2020 at 1:11 PM
Master blaster Master blaster

Born on this day in 1813 composer Richard Wagner.

on May 22, 2020 at 2:28 PM
Rocky road Rocky road

On this day in 1978 tenor Rockwell Blake made his Met debut on tour in Minneapolis as Don Ottavio.

on May 20, 2020 at 12:13 PM
“Always sing below your potential” “Always sing below your potential”

Born on this day in 1861 soprano Nellie Melba.

on May 19, 2020 at 10:56 AM
Double bass Double bass

Born on this day in 1892 bass Ezio Pinza.

on May 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Stay close to the earth” “Stay close to the earth”

Born on this day in 1918 soprano Birgit Nilsson.

on May 17, 2020 at 11:37 AM
Éclatantes beautés! Éclatantes beautés!

On this day in 1889 Massenet’s Esclarmonde premiered in Paris.

on May 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Princess Pat Princess Pat

Born on this day in 1925 soprano Patrice Munsel.

on May 14, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“They’re all gonna laugh at you” “They’re all gonna laugh at you”

On this day in 1988 the musical Carrie opened on Broadway, to run five performances.

on May 12, 2020 at 12:48 PM
Bargain basement Bargain basement

“Met’s Roller Coaster Season Dips Back Into Artistic Basement with Walküre

on May 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Scene d’amour Scene d’amour

On this day in 1958 Alfred Hitchcock‘s Vertigo premiered at the Stage Door Theater in San Francisco.

on May 09, 2020 at 12:35 PM
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
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