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.


Dark eyes Dark eyes

Born on this day in 1962 baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

on October 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Giovane e prode è desso Giovane e prode è desso

On this day in 1964 the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night boasted a new Nathaniel Merrill production of Aida.

on October 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Nothing to fear Nothing to fear

Happy 70th birthday soprano Leona Mitchell.

on October 13, 2019 at 1:10 PM
You don’t need analyzing You don’t need analyzing

On this day in 1950 Irving Berlin‘s musical Call Me Madam opened at the Imperial Theatre, to run 644 performances.

on October 12, 2019 at 12:04 PM
The rainbow connection The rainbow connection

Happy National Coming Out Day!

on October 11, 2019 at 10:31 AM
Out of the shadows Out of the shadows

On this day 100 years ago Die Frau ohne Schatten premiered at the Vienna State Opera.

on October 10, 2019 at 1:00 AM
Child’s play Child’s play

On this day in 1986 baritone Thomas Hampson made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Count Almaviva.

on October 09, 2019 at 10:36 AM
Craftsmanship Craftsmanship

On this day in 1988 Dolora Zajick made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Azucena.

on October 08, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Infused with individuality Infused with individuality

On this day in 1965 mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Eboli.

on October 07, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“It is hard to describe the thrill of creative joy” “It is hard to describe the thrill of creative joy”

Born on this day in 1887 soprano Maria Jeritza.

on October 06, 2019 at 12:29 PM
The glamorous life The glamorous life

Happy 96th birthday actress Glynis Johns.

on October 05, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“I only do what I like to do” “I only do what I like to do”

Happy 63rd birthday actor Christoph Waltz.

on October 04, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Direct and terrible Direct and terrible

Born on this day in 1859 actress Eleanora Duse.

on October 03, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“I intend to live forever, or die trying” “I intend to live forever, or die trying”

Born on this day in 1890 actor, comedian, author and television personality Groucho Marx.

on October 02, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“Sometimes I’m so sweet even I can’t stand it” “Sometimes I’m so sweet even I can’t stand it”

Happy 84th birthday Julie Andrews!

on October 01, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Star-flaming Star-flaming

On this day in 1791 Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte premiered in Vienna.

on September 30, 2019 at 7:00 AM
Here I stand, the goddess of desire Here I stand, the goddess of desire

Born on this day in 1942 actress Madeline Kahn.

on September 29, 2019 at 12:34 AM
A strapping fellow with a plangent and sizable voice A strapping fellow with a plangent and sizable voice

On this day in 1968 tenor Plácido Domingo made his official Metropolitan Opera debut as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur.

on September 28, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Who’s that woman? Who’s that woman?

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

on September 27, 2019 at 8:57 AM
“It’s best when you improvise” “It’s best when you improvise”

Born on this day in 1898 composer George Gershwin.

on September 26, 2019 at 8:00 AM
High flying, adored High flying, adored

Forty years ago today a new musical, Evita, opened at the Broadway Theatre, beginning a run of 1,567 performances.

on September 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Slam and slam again Slam and slam again

On this day in 1982 the Larry Grossman / Betty Comden / Adolph Green musical A Doll’s Life opened on Broadway and closed after five performances.

on September 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Un Eden di delizia Un Eden di delizia

Happy 78th birthday soprano Anna Tomowa-Sintow.

on September 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Things to overcome Things to overcome

On this day in 1968 mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Carmen.

on September 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM
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