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.


More than a diva More than a diva

Happy 86th Birthday soprano Renata Scotto.

on February 24, 2020 at 10:16 AM
The grand manner The grand manner

Born on this day in 1927 soprano Régine Crespin.

on February 23, 2020 at 12:16 PM
Beautiful ghost Beautiful ghost

Born on this day in 1930 soprano and film “ghost” singer Marni Nixon.

on February 22, 2020 at 9:27 AM
Happy birthday Christine Ebersole! Happy birthday Christine Ebersole!

The actress and songstress is 67 today! Born on this day in 1907 librettist and poet W H Auden.

on February 21, 2020 at 10:45 AM
A fine day for a ‘Parade’ A fine day for a ‘Parade’

On this day in 1981 the Metropolitan Opera premiered triple bill of Satie’s Parade, Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges.

on February 20, 2020 at 9:23 AM
Star, flaming Star, flaming

On this day in 1967 soprano Lucia Popp made her Met debut as the Queen of the Night.

on February 19, 2020 at 11:52 AM
Crowning glory Crowning glory

Born on this day in 1926 mezzo-soprano Rita Gorr.

on February 18, 2020 at 9:17 AM
Happy Presidents Day! Happy Presidents Day!

A day dedicated to celebrating all U.S. presidents, past and present.

on February 17, 2020 at 9:28 AM
Dissolute Dissolute

On this day in 1966 Metropolitan Opera debut of tenor Alfredo Kraus as the Duke of Mantua.

on February 16, 2020 at 9:48 AM
I’ve always been lucky I’ve always been lucky

On this day in 1939, Lillian Hellman‘s play The Little Foxes opened at the National Theatre, providing actress Tallulah Bankhead with perhaps her greatest vehicle.

on February 15, 2020 at 9:07 AM
All is full of Renée All is full of Renée

Happy 61st birthday to soprano, director, consultant and noted Björk interpreter Renée Fleming.

on February 14, 2020 at 9:49 AM
Come rain or come shine Come rain or come shine

Happy 100th anniversary of the birth of classical and pop diva Eileen Farrell!

on February 13, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Where all the muses work together Where all the muses work together

Born on this day in 1923 director and designer Franco Zeffirelli.

on February 12, 2020 at 9:36 AM
“I love the fast lane” “I love the fast lane”

Born on this day in 1919 actress, businesswoman, singer and socialite Eva Gabor.

on February 11, 2020 at 9:54 AM
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
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