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.

Long live the Queen! Long live the Queen!

Happy 93rd birthday to soprano Leontyne Price.

on February 10, 2020 at 8:22 AM
She was not unprepared She was not unprepared

On this day in 1974 soprano Kiri te Kanawa made an emergency Met debut as Desdemona (and her broadcast debut.)

on February 09, 2020 at 8:47 AM
What good is the secret to you? What good is the secret to you?

Born on this day in 1888 actress Dame Edith Evans.

on February 08, 2020 at 8:43 AM
Once Moore with feeling Once Moore with feeling

On this day in 1928 soprano Grace Moore made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimi.

on February 07, 2020 at 7:50 AM
Death on the Nile Death on the Nile

On this day in 1968 mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Amneris.

on February 06, 2020 at 8:00 AM
First Lady First Lady

On this day in 1959 soprano Leonie Rysanek made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Lady Macbeth.

on February 05, 2020 at 7:22 AM
Sexy package Sexy package

On this day in 2006 tenor Jonas Kaufmann made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Alfredo.

on February 04, 2020 at 8:00 AM
If you can do it then why do it? If you can do it then why do it?

Born on this day in 1887 poet and expatriate Gertrude Stein.

on February 03, 2020 at 8:50 AM
You’ve got to work You’ve got to work

Happy 83rd birthday soprano Martina Arroyo.

on February 02, 2020 at 7:28 PM
I believe in angels I believe in angels

Born on this day in 1922 soprano Renata Tebaldi.

on February 01, 2020 at 12:03 PM
Living things Living things

Happy 83rd birthday composer Philip Glass.

on January 31, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Theatre of the unheard Theatre of the unheard

On this day in 1957 soprano Martha Mödl made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Siegfried Brunnhilde.

on January 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM
She’s a brass band She’s a brass band

On this day in 1966 the opening night of Sweet Charity starring Gwen Verdon, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.

on January 29, 2020 at 11:22 AM
Let’s begin Let’s begin

On this day in 1961 the historic Metropolitan Opera debuts of Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli in Verdi’s Il trovatore.

on January 27, 2020 at 9:39 AM
Not the fragile child-princess Not the fragile child-princess

On this day in 1958 soprano Inge Borkh made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Salome.

on January 24, 2020 at 4:43 PM
Triple threat Triple threat

Happy 87th birthday to singer /  dancer / actress Chita Rivera.

on January 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Corolle Corolle

Born on this day in 1905 couturier Christian Dior.

on January 21, 2020 at 4:57 PM
All hearts are broken All hearts are broken

On this day in 1967 Colin Davis made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Peter Grimes with Jon Vickers, Lucine Amara and Geraint Evans in the cast.

on January 20, 2020 at 1:45 PM
Rice and shine Rice and shine

Happy 86th birthday mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.

on January 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM
The man that got away The man that got away

On this day in 1912 Pietro Mascagni‘s Lodoletta had its United States premiere at the Metropolitan with  Geraldine Farrar and Enrico Caruso in the leads.

on January 12, 2020 at 12:21 PM
Kunstdiva Kunstdiva

Happy 64th birthday soprano/mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier.

on January 09, 2020 at 9:51 AM
Ecdysiast Ecdysiast

Born on this day in 1911 or thereabouts actress, author and burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee.

on January 08, 2020 at 11:00 AM
“My music is my portrait” “My music is my portrait”

Born on this day in 1899 composer Francis Poulenc.

on January 07, 2020 at 12:30 PM
I was born to do this I was born to do this

Born on this day in 1412 martyr and saint Jeanne d’Arc.

on January 06, 2020 at 8:44 AM
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