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.
Happy 79th birthday composer John Corigliano. Read more »
On this day in 1939 Lillian Hellman‘s The Little Foxes opened at the National Theatre, to run 410 performances. Read more »
On this day in 1896 Oscar Wilde‘s Salomé premiered in Paris.
On this day in 1881 Jacques Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffman premiered in Paris.
Born on this day in 1885 composer Alban Berg.
Born on this day in actress 1920 (more or less) Lana Turner.