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.


The ghostess with the mostest The ghostess with the mostest

Born on this day in 1923 actress and singer Anne Jeffreys.

on January 26, 2021 at 2:44 AM
Room at the top Room at the top

Born on this day in 1963 tenor Marcello Giordani.

on January 25, 2021 at 6:00 AM
Outsider Outsider

Born on this day in 76 AD Roman Emperor Hadrian.

on January 24, 2021 at 2:00 AM
Why let the goblins upset you? Why let the goblins upset you?

Born on this day in 1909 actress Ann Sothern.

on January 22, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Chest one of those things Chest one of those things

Born on this day in 1926 bodybuilder and actor Steve Reeves.

on January 21, 2021 at 2:00 AM
“Poetry is never dangerous” “Poetry is never dangerous”

Born on this day in 1920 screenwriter and director Federico Fellini.

on January 20, 2021 at 2:00 AM
Hitchcock blonde Hitchcock blonde

Born on this day in 1930 actress and activist ‘Tippi’ Hedren.

on January 19, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Miss me blonde Miss me blonde

Happy 75th birthday soprano Katia Ricciarelli.

on January 18, 2021 at 8:00 AM
It’s a good day It’s a good day

Happy 99th birthday to television legend and animal health advocate Betty White.

on January 17, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Kiss from a Rossini Kiss from a Rossini

Happy 87th birthday mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.

on January 16, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Écrevisses à la bordelaise Écrevisses à la bordelaise

On this day in 1958 Samuel Barber‘s Vanessa had its world premiere at the Met.

on January 15, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Mai Tosca alla scena più tragica fu! Mai Tosca alla scena più tragica fu!

On this day in 1900 Puccini’s Tosca premiered in Rome.

on January 14, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Queen of tears Queen of tears

Born on this day in 1905 actress Kay Francis.

on January 13, 2021 at 8:00 AM
A paradoxical voice A paradoxical voice

Born on this day in 1938 mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos.

on January 12, 2021 at 8:13 AM
Electrifying Electrifying

On this day in 1934 soprano Lotte Lehmann made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Sieglinde.

on January 11, 2021 at 8:25 AM
Top of the world Top of the world

Happy 86th birthday baritone Sherrill Milnes.

on January 10, 2021 at 9:59 AM
Daughter of Wotan Daughter of Wotan

Happy 65th birthday soprano/mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier.

on January 09, 2021 at 9:50 AM
I want them to see my soul I want them to see my soul

On this day in 1955 contralto Marian Anderson made her historic Metropolitan Opera debut.

on January 07, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Second to nun Second to nun

Born on this day in 1913 actress Loretta Young.

on January 06, 2021 at 9:27 AM
L’esprit de l’escalier L’esprit de l’escalier

On this day in 1875 the Palais Garnier was inaugurated in Paris.

on January 05, 2021 at 8:45 AM
Saving Grace Saving Grace

Happy 84th birthday soprano/mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry.

on January 04, 2021 at 8:46 AM
You lose a part of your soul You lose a part of your soul

Born on this day in 1905 actress Anna May Wong.

on January 03, 2021 at 2:51 AM
Effortless and precise Effortless and precise

On this day in 1913 soprano Frieda Hempel sang her second performance at the Metropolitan Opera, the Queen in Les Huguenots opposite Emmy Destinn, Enrico Caruso, Dinh Gilly, Léon Rothier and Adamo Didur.

on January 02, 2021 at 7:39 AM
L’ultima diva L’ultima diva

Born on this day in 1923 actress Valentina Cortese.

on January 01, 2021 at 6:38 AM
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