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.


“Art is love times love” “Art is love times love”

Born on this day in 1911 actor and bon vivant Vincent Price.

on May 27, 2022 at 2:45 AM
I light up when you call my name I light up when you call my name

Born on this day singer and songwriter Peggy Lee.

on May 26, 2022 at 4:00 AM
Clap your hands, baby! Clap your hands, baby!

Happy 79th birthday to songstress and actress Leslie Uggams.

on May 25, 2022 at 8:00 AM
This very minute has history in it This very minute has history in it

On this day in 1966 Jerry Herman‘s Mame opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, to run 1,508 performances.

on May 24, 2022 at 4:26 AM
The most dangerous dame The most dangerous dame

Happy birthday Dame Joan Collins, who is 89 years young today.

on May 23, 2022 at 12:20 AM
The girl with the million dollar face The girl with the million dollar face

Happy 80th birthday to actress, photographer and activist Barbara Parkins.

on May 22, 2022 at 12:50 AM
There wouldn’t be signs big enough There wouldn’t be signs big enough

On this day in 1959, Ethel Merman bellowed “Sing out, Louise!” into a Broadway theater for the first of 702 times, as the world’s greatest musical (per La Cieca) sprang forth.

on May 21, 2022 at 1:11 AM
Goddess of Pop Goddess of Pop

Happy 76th birthday to mean, moody, mononymous Cher.

on May 20, 2022 at 3:29 AM
“I lost control” “I lost control”

Happy 74th birthday model, singer and actress Grace Jones.

on May 19, 2022 at 2:44 AM
Your lifelong membership is free Your lifelong membership is free

Born on this day in 1931 actor Robert Morse.

on May 18, 2022 at 1:30 AM
“I sang before I could walk” “I sang before I could walk”

Born on this day in 1918 soprano Birgit Nilsson.

on May 17, 2022 at 11:25 AM
“Acting in the movies is just like ditch-digging” “Acting in the movies is just like ditch-digging”

Born on this day in 1909 actress Margaret Sullavan.

on May 16, 2022 at 1:35 AM
Songbird Songbird

Happy 86th birthday to soprano and actress Anna Maria Alberghetti.

on May 15, 2022 at 12:57 AM
The lady who dared The lady who dared

Born on this day in 1903 actress Billie Dove.

on May 14, 2022 at 12:39 AM
To Bea or not to Bea To Bea or not to Bea

Happy centennial to actress and activist Bea Arthur.

on May 13, 2022 at 3:42 PM
“Be yourself; it’s a tough act to follow” “Be yourself; it’s a tough act to follow”

Born on this day in 1907 actress Katharine Hepburn.

on May 12, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Everything the traffic will allow Everything the traffic will allow

Born on this day in 1888 composer Irving Berlin.

on May 11, 2022 at 1:55 AM
Nowhere near Nowhere near

Born on this day in 1922 actress and comedian Nancy Walker.

on May 10, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Au reservoir Au reservoir

Born on this day in 1932 actress Geraldine McEwan.

on May 09, 2022 at 7:30 AM
“Dreams of ultimate masculinity” “Dreams of ultimate masculinity”

Born on this day in 1920 artist Touko Valio Laaksonen AKA “Tom of Finland.”

on May 08, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Where words cease to play a part Where words cease to play a part

Born on this day in 1902 film director Max Ophüls.

on May 07, 2022 at 11:21 AM
Delight in the Piazza Delight in the Piazza

Born on this day in 1920 media-friendly diva Marguerite Piazza.

on May 06, 2022 at 9:01 AM
Come on along! Come on along!

Born on this day 20th Century Fox stalwarts Tyrone Power (1914) and Alice Faye (1915).

on May 05, 2022 at 12:36 PM
Suppose we just leave my bones alone Suppose we just leave my bones alone

Born on this day in 1929 actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn.

on May 04, 2022 at 9:57 AM
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