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.


Singing is a form of admitting that I’m alive Singing is a form of admitting that I’m alive

Born on this day in 1927 tenor Alfredo Kraus.

on November 24, 2020 at 1:40 AM
Prince of the music hall Prince of the music hall

Born on this day in 1892 artist and designer Erté (né Romain de Tirtoff).

on November 23, 2020 at 1:15 AM
Good authors too Good authors too

On this day in 1934, Anything Goes, with words and music by Cole Porter, opened at the Alvin Theatre to run 420 performances.

on November 21, 2020 at 12:08 PM
“Curiosity is a great antidote to fear” “Curiosity is a great antidote to fear”

Happy 78th birthday to composer, performer, director, vocalist, filmmaker and choreographer Meredith Monk.

on November 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Quiet please, there’s a lady on stage Quiet please, there’s a lady on stage

On this day in 1962 soprano Régine Crespin made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Marschallin. Mezzo Hertha Töpper debuted as Octavian and Lotte Lehmann was stage director.

on November 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Lighter than air Lighter than air

Born on this day in 1882 soprano Amelita Galli-Curci.

on November 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM
An occidental woman in an oriental mood of love An occidental woman in an oriental mood of love

On this day in 1926 the Metropolitan Opera presented the US premiere of Puccini’s Turandot.

on November 16, 2020 at 11:17 AM
Where do I begin? Where do I begin?

On this day in 1918 soprano Rosa Ponselle made her Metropolitan Opera debut (and her first appearance in opera anywhere) as Leonora.

on November 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Ray of light Ray of light

Born on this day in 1926 soprano Leonie Rysanek.

on November 14, 2020 at 1:54 PM
It might as well be spring It might as well be spring

On this day in 1940 Walt Disney‘s animated musical film Fantasia premiered at New York’s Broadway Theatre.

on November 13, 2020 at 1:31 AM
“We’re just common people with a bank account” “We’re just common people with a bank account”

Born on this day in 1929 actress Grace Kelly, later Princess Grace of Monaco.

on November 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM
I’ve got a crush on you I’ve got a crush on you

Born on this day in 1889 debonair actor, dancer and singer Clifton Webb.

on November 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“I learn the lines and pray to God” “I learn the lines and pray to God”

Born on this day in 1889 actor’s actor Claude Rains.

on November 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“To be a star is to own the world” “To be a star is to own the world”

Born on this day in 1914 actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr.

on November 09, 2020 at 8:00 AM
I remember the bliss I remember the bliss

On this day in 1926, the Imperial Theatre was the setting for the opening night of the George and Ira Gershwin musical Oh, Kay!, starring Gertrude Lawrence and Victor Moore.

on November 08, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Call me by your dame Call me by your dame

Born on this day in 1926 soprano Joan Sutherland.

on November 07, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“A Teutonic Zaza” “A Teutonic Zaza”

On this day in 1928 the American premiere of Richard Strauss‘s Die Ägyptische Helena at the Metropolitan Opera, with Maria Jeritza typecast as the most beautiful woman in the world.

on November 06, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Portrait of a lady Portrait of a lady

Born on this day in 1913 actress Vivien Leigh.

on November 05, 2020 at 8:00 AM
La Parisienne La Parisienne

Born on this day in 1881 singer and actress Gaby Deslys.

on November 04, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Come closer and listen Come closer and listen

Happy 72nd birthday to songstress Lulu.

on November 03, 2020 at 8:00 AM
The front page The front page

On this day in 2005 mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato made her Met debut as Cherubino.

on November 02, 2020 at 2:58 PM
Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween!

“Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become Paul Lynde when the wolfbane blooms and the moon is full and bright.”

on October 31, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Several explosions of incandescent gas Several explosions of incandescent gas

On this day in 1938, Orson Welles directed and narrated a radio adaptation of War of the Worlds.

on October 30, 2020 at 3:23 PM
Room at the top Room at the top

Happy 93rd birthday songstress Cleo Laine.

on October 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM
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