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.


Flaming youth Flaming youth

Born on this day in 1923 actress and singer Mary McCarty.

on September 27, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Now you say you’re lonely Now you say you’re lonely

Born on this day in 1926 songstress Julie London.

on September 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Perfect control Perfect control

On this day in 1974 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a revival of I Vespri Siciliani.

on September 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Donna che t’amò tanto Donna che t’amò tanto

Born on this day in 1894 soprano Elisabeth Rethberg.

on September 22, 2020 at 8:00 AM
You have to be born a sex symbol You have to be born a sex symbol

Happy 86th birthday actress Sophia Loren.

on September 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM
I shall die a bachelor I shall die a bachelor

Born on this day in 1905 actress Greta Garbo.

on September 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Gemente aura Gemente aura

On this day in 1973, the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a performance of Il trovatore featuring Plácido Domingo, Martina Arroyo, Cornell MacNeil, Mignon Dunn and John Macurdy.

on September 17, 2020 at 8:00 AM
La Divina La Divina

Left this world on this day 43 years ago in Paris.

on September 16, 2020 at 12:03 PM
When you’re smiling When you’re smiling

Born on this day in 1945 soprano Jessye Norman.

on September 15, 2020 at 10:04 AM
Faded ink Faded ink

On this day in 1954 Britten’s Turn of the Screw premiered in Venice.

on September 14, 2020 at 10:53 AM
Funky Broadway Funky Broadway

On this day in 1866 the Broadway musical was born. Sort of.

on September 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Wizard Wizard

Born on this day in day in 1995 1895 composer Herbert Stothart.

on September 11, 2020 at 12:58 PM
Mean girl Mean girl

Born on this day in 1921 actress Alexis Smith.

on September 08, 2020 at 10:35 AM
I’m an ordinary woman I’m an ordinary woman

Happy 83rd birthday actress, singer and comedienne Jo Anne Worley.

on September 06, 2020 at 11:48 AM
Because I’m blonde Because I’m blonde

Happy 60th birthday soprano Karita Mattila.

on September 05, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Dancing is still the hardest profession Dancing is still the hardest profession

Happy 89th birthday actress, singer, and dancer Mitzi Gaynor.

on September 04, 2020 at 11:38 AM
“That was beautiful” “That was beautiful”

Born on this day in 1910 soprano and founder of the Harlem School of the Arts Dorothy Maynor.

on September 03, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Will you answer too? Will you answer too?

On this day in 1924, the operetta Rose-Marie opened at the Imperial Theatre, to run 557 performances.

on September 02, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Saloon singer Saloon singer

Born on this day in 1922 actress and singer Yvonne de Carlo.

on September 01, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Change partners Change partners

On this day in 1940 Vivien Leigh married Laurence Olivier.

on August 31, 2020 at 12:05 PM
Actors should be overheard Actors should be overheard

Born on this day in 1898 actress Shirley Booth.

on August 30, 2020 at 12:58 PM
Good health and a bad memory Good health and a bad memory

Born on this day in 1915 actress Ingrid Bergman.

on August 29, 2020 at 11:21 AM
Show stopper Show stopper

Born on this day in 1947 actress and singer Alice Playten.

on August 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Practically perfect in every way Practically perfect in every way

On this day in 1964, Mary Poppins premiered in Los Angeles.

on August 27, 2020 at 8:00 AM
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