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.

Organized chaos Organized chaos

Born on this day in 1882 composer Igor Stravinsky

on June 17, 2024 at 6:00 AM
There is a sweetness in every woe There is a sweetness in every woe

Born on this day in 1952 tenor Jerry Hadley

on June 16, 2024 at 6:00 AM
An artist with <em>Peer</em> An artist with <em>Peer</em>

Born on this day in 1843 composer Edvard Grieg

on June 15, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Ich nannte sie Eva Ich nannte sie Eva

Happy 58th birthday soprano Eva Lind

on June 14, 2024 at 6:00 AM
For whom the bell tolls For whom the bell tolls

On this day in 1855 Verdi‘s Les vêpres siciliennes premiered in Paris

on June 13, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Voice leading Voice leading

On this day in 1917 Hans Pfitzner‘s Palestrina premiered in Munich

on June 12, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Birth and transfiguration Birth and transfiguration

Born on this day in 1864 composer Richard Strauss Born on this day in 1913 mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens Born on this day in 1926 composer Carlisle Floyd Happy 82nd birthday soprano Marina Krilovici

on June 11, 2024 at 6:00 AM
The greatest entertainer The greatest entertainer

Born on this day in 1922 entertainer Judy Garland

on June 10, 2024 at 6:00 AM
What a swell night this is for romance What a swell night this is for romance

Happy 85th birthday soprano Ileana Cotrubas

on June 09, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Song stylings Song stylings

Born on this day in 1810 composer Robert Schumann

on June 08, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Love me tenor Love me tenor

Happy 61st birthday tenor Roberto Alagna

on June 07, 2024 at 6:00 AM
The beloved returns The beloved returns

Happy 85th birthday tenor Giacomo Aragall

on June 06, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Femme libérée Femme libérée

Happy 59th birthday soprano Sandrine Piau

on June 05, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Mezzos on the move Mezzos on the move

Happy 58th birthday mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli

on June 04, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Tall, dark and handsome Tall, dark and handsome

Happy 59th birthday baritone Peter Mattei

on June 03, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Elder statesmen Elder statesmen

Happy 75th birthday tenor Neil Shicoff

on June 02, 2024 at 6:00 AM
My friend Flicka My friend Flicka

Happy 79th birthday mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade

on June 01, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Dramatic improvement Dramatic improvement

Born on this day in 1931 mezzo-soprano/soprano Shirley Verrett

on May 31, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Ha sortito l’effetto! Ha sortito l’effetto!

Born on this day in 1920 bass-baritone George London

on May 30, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Riot grrrls Riot grrrls

On this day in 1913 Igor Stravinsky‘s Le Sacre du printemps premiered in Paris; a riot ensued

on May 29, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Wird’s nicht eine schöne Welt? Wird’s nicht eine schöne Welt?

Born on this day in 1925 baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

on May 28, 2024 at 6:00 AM
High flying, adored High flying, adored

Born on this day in 1907 sopranos Lina Pagliughi

on May 27, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Upper stratasphere Upper stratasphere

Happy 86th birthday soprano Teresa Stratas

on May 26, 2024 at 6:00 AM
Bubbles and squeak Bubbles and squeak

Born on this day in 1929 soprano and administrator Beverly Sills

on May 25, 2024 at 6:00 AM