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.
Born on this day in 1825 librettist and playwright Jules Barbier.
On this day in 1943, actress Greer Garson delivered what remains the longest Academy Awards acceptance speech in history
On this day in 1965, The Sound of Music premiered at the Rivoli Theater in New York City.