WindyCityOperaman

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.


Catching the Butterfly Catching the Butterfly

Born on this day in 1910 soprano Dorothy Kirsten.

on July 06, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Tragedy personified” “Tragedy personified”

Born on this day in 1755 actress Sarah Siddons.

on July 05, 2020 at 1:08 PM
Red, white and blue Red, white and blue

Happy Independence Day to all US-based members of the cher public!

on July 04, 2020 at 8:00 AM
With one look With one look

Happy 73rd birthday to Broadway diva Betty Buckley.

on July 03, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Tap roots Tap roots

On this day in 1929 impresario Florenz Ziegfeld presented a youngster named Ruby Keeler in the title role of the Gershwins’ musical Show Girl.

on July 02, 2020 at 8:00 AM
The climax of Mildred’s life The climax of Mildred’s life

Born on this day in 1892 author James M. Cain.

on July 01, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Shirl thing Shirl thing

On this day in 1954, Carol Haney was ill for the matinee performance of The Pajama Game and her understudy Shirley MacLaine went on.

on June 29, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Fatal beauty Fatal beauty

Happy 36th birthday mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili!

on June 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM
La Bellissima La Bellissima

Born on this day in 1932 soprano Anna Moffo.

on June 27, 2020 at 11:45 AM
Not a thought, not a care Not a thought, not a care

On this day The Ziegfeld Follies of 1911 opened at the Jardin de Paris, with a cast boasting Fanny Brice, Bert Williams, The Dolly Sisters, Leon Errol, Bessie McCoy and Jeanne Eagels.

on June 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Ott of my league Ott of my league

Happy birthday to baritone Jarrett Ott.

on June 25, 2020 at 10:31 AM
“I got the job” “I got the job”

Born on this day in 1942 actress and singer Michele Lee.

on June 24, 2020 at 8:00 AM
The Big Finish The Big Finish

Born on this day in 1917 director and choreographer Bob Fosse.

on June 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM
Floperetta Floperetta

Born on this day in 1819 composer Jacques Offenbach

on June 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Respect Respect

In honor of Juneteenth, the Metropolitan Opera is extending its streaming of La forza del destino starring Leontyne Price for an additional 24 hours. The stream will remain available until Saturday afternoon.

on June 19, 2020 at 10:36 AM
Never have I Eva Never have I Eva

Happy 77th birthday soprano Eva Marton.

on June 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“You have to discover you” “You have to discover you”

On this day in 1967 Barbra Streisand‘s A Happening in Central Park took place in New York.

on June 17, 2020 at 12:24 PM
It’s a curse It’s a curse

Born on this day in 1899 soprano Helen Traubel.

on June 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM
We’ve often rewound the clock We’ve often rewound the clock

Born on this day in 1894 orchestrator and composer Robert Russell Bennett.

on June 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Center square Center square

Born on this day in 1926 comedian and actor Paul Lynde.

on June 13, 2020 at 1:50 PM
Tabloid Tabloid

Born on this day in 1899 photographer and journalist Weegee.

on June 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM
A rose is still a rose A rose is still a rose

Born on this day in 1864 composer Richard Strauss. Born on this day in 1913 mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens.

on June 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM
A first-rate version of herself A first-rate version of herself

Born on this day in 1922 Miss Show Business.

on June 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM
What rapture serene What rapture serene

Born on this day in 1891 composer Cole Porter.

on June 09, 2020 at 11:54 AM
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