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.


“I’m all over the place” “I’m all over the place”

Born on this day in 1949 actress Meryl Streep.

on June 22, 2021 at 11:26 AM
“Publicity can be terrible” “Publicity can be terrible”

Born on this day in 1921 actress and singer Jane Russell.

on June 21, 2021 at 11:15 AM
The other woman The other woman

Born on this day in 1911 actress and television producer Gail Patrick.

on June 20, 2021 at 10:54 AM
A little air of mystery A little air of mystery

Born on this day in 1921 actor Louis Jourdan.

on June 19, 2021 at 9:21 AM
I love a parade I love a parade

Born on this day in 1903 actress and singer Jeanette MacDonald.

on June 18, 2021 at 9:43 AM
King of the Underworld King of the Underworld

Happy 90th birthday mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn.

on June 17, 2021 at 8:08 AM
Storm at sea Storm at sea

Born on this day in 1899 soprano Helen Traubel.

on June 16, 2021 at 7:55 AM
Here’s to us! Here’s to us!

Born on this day in 1929 composer Seymour Kaufman (better known as Cy Coleman).

on June 14, 2021 at 6:00 AM
I hope you’re satisfied! I hope you’re satisfied!

Born on this day in 1926 funnyman Paul Lynde.

on June 13, 2021 at 6:46 AM
I am worshipped by millions I am worshipped by millions

On this day in 1963 the spectacular and troubled film Cleopatra finally premiered.

on June 12, 2021 at 1:00 AM
Naught can efface you Naught can efface you

Born on this day in 1913 mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens.

on June 11, 2021 at 1:53 AM
Deep in the heart of me Deep in the heart of me

Born on this day in 1891 composer Cole Porter.

on June 09, 2021 at 7:23 AM
And now someone else is getting all your best And now someone else is getting all your best

Happy 81st birthday to songstress Nancy Sinatra.

on June 08, 2021 at 6:58 AM
You couldn’t buy this kind of publicity You couldn’t buy this kind of publicity

Born on this day in 1924 actress and singer Dolores Gray.

on June 07, 2021 at 3:22 AM
The Queen of Technicolor The Queen of Technicolor

Born on this day in 1912, actress Maria Montez.

on June 06, 2021 at 2:23 AM
Maid about you Maid about you

Happy 56th birthday soprano Sandrine Piau.

on June 05, 2021 at 3:34 AM
“Maybe my style is eccentric” “Maybe my style is eccentric”

Born on this day in 1913 journalist and panelist Dorothy Kilgallen.

on June 03, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Because it’s June Because it’s June

On this day in 1969 Renata Tebaldi and Franco Corelli opened the Met’s June Festival in Tosca.

on June 02, 2021 at 6:05 AM
Specialization Specialization

Born on this day in 1926 Marilyn Monroe.

on June 01, 2021 at 1:14 PM
“Toujours la voix de tête” “Toujours la voix de tête”

Born on this day in 1879 (or, if you ask her, 1883) soprano Frances Alda.

on May 31, 2021 at 2:05 AM
Credo Credo

Born on this day in 1920 bass-baritone George London.

on May 30, 2021 at 1:33 PM
The show is on The show is on

Born on this day in 1894 actress, singer and comedic performer Beatrice Lillie.

on May 29, 2021 at 2:22 AM
I’d rather go blonde I’d rather go blonde

Happy 90th birthday actress Carroll Baker.

on May 28, 2021 at 12:50 AM
Fever with thy flaming youth Fever with thy flaming youth

Born on this day in 1920 singer-songwriter and actress Peggy Lee.

on May 26, 2021 at 8:00 AM
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