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.

Everything is holy! Everything is holy!

On this day in 1955, American poet Allen Ginsberg performed his poem “Howl” for the first time at the Six Gallery in San Francisco.

on October 07, 2014 at 1:04 AM
Run of the mill Run of the mill

On this day in 1889, the Moulin Rouge opened in Paris.

on October 06, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Sa virtu m’atire Sa virtu m’atire

On this day in 1568, the Earl of Moray produced the Casket letters of Mary, Queen of Scots at a conference in York, headed by Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk.

on October 05, 2014 at 1:00 AM
All aboard! All aboard!

On this day in 1961, Noël Coward‘s musical Sail Away opened at the Broadhurst Theater.

on October 04, 2014 at 12:42 AM
Poe but honest Poe but honest

On this day in 1849, American author Edgar Allan Poe was found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances.

on October 03, 2014 at 1:57 AM
Sanity clause Sanity clause

Born on this day in 1890 Groucho Marx, American comedian, actor, and singer.

on October 02, 2014 at 2:12 AM
Grand hotel Grand hotel

On this day in 1907, the Plaza Hotel opened in New York.

on October 01, 2014 at 2:21 AM
It’s a life of smiles and a life of tears It’s a life of smiles and a life of tears

On this day in 1908, Maurice Maeterlinck‘s play L’Oiseau bleu premiered in Moscow.

on September 30, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Gay, glamorous, but broke Gay, glamorous, but broke

Born on this day in 1904 Greer Garson, English-American actress.

on September 29, 2014 at 1:57 AM
Diese Toilette nur an Diese Toilette nur an

On this day in 1836, Thomas Crapper, English plumber, was born.

on September 28, 2014 at 12:54 AM
Gifted humans Gifted humans

Born on this day in 1898 composer Vincent Youmans.

on September 27, 2014 at 12:35 AM
Constant as the northern star Constant as the northern star

On this day in 46 BC, Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus.

on September 26, 2014 at 1:21 AM
Prima donna Prima donna

On this day in 1979, the musical Evita opened at the Broadway Theater in New York City.

on September 25, 2014 at 12:55 AM
Empire waste Empire waste

On this day in 1180, Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration, died, and the Byzantine Empire slipped into terminal decline.

on September 24, 2014 at 1:08 AM
Love me, love my dog Love me, love my dog

On this day in 1962, Philharmonic Hall (since renamed Avery Fisher Hall) opened as the first unit of Lincoln Center for Performing Arts.

on September 23, 2014 at 4:20 AM
Golden anniverary Golden anniverary

On this day in 1869, Richard Wagner‘s opera Das Rheingold premiered in Munich.

on September 22, 2014 at 12:18 AM
Not since the old Jill Gomez Not since the old Jill Gomez

Born on this day in 1912 Chuck Jones, American animator, screenwriter, and producer.

on September 21, 2014 at 12:18 AM
Sophistry Sophistry

On this day in 451 AD, Roman General Flavius Aetius defeated Attila the Hun at The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, halting the Hun invasion of Roman Gaul.

on September 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Tristissimus Thursday Tristissimus Thursday

On this day in 14 AD, Tiberius was confirmed as Roman Emperor by the Roman Senate, following the death of Augustus.

on September 18, 2014 at 12:05 AM
We live on the wind and in the sparkle of a star! We live on the wind and in the sparkle of a star!

On this day in 1964, the sitcom Bewitched premiered on ABC television.

on September 17, 2014 at 12:05 AM
The music, ho! The music, ho!

On this day in 1966, the Metropolitan Opera House opened at Lincoln Center in New York City with the world premiere of Samuel Barber‘s opera Antony and Cleopatra.

on September 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Mold Acquaintance Mold Acquaintance

On this day in 1923 Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.

on September 15, 2014 at 12:38 AM
Tick tick tick Tick tick tick

On this day in 1968, the television newsmagazine program 60 Minutes premiered on CBS-TV.

on September 14, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Key signature Key signature

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key composed the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry,” which was later set to music and became the United States’ national anthem.

on September 13, 2014 at 12:05 AM
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