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.

Nous voulons explorer la bonté contrée énorme où tout se tait Nous voulons explorer la bonté contrée énorme où tout se tait

Born on this day in 1880 poet Guillaume Apollinaire

on August 26, 2016 at 11:07 AM
Technique is communication Technique is communication

Born on this day in 1918 composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

on August 25, 2016 at 8:00 AM
I couldn’t kill a fly I couldn’t kill a fly

Happy 86th or 87th birthday actress Vera Miles.

on August 24, 2016 at 7:30 AM
Infinite variety Infinite variety

Happy 62nd birthday playwright, actor and diseuse Charles Busch.

on August 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Life does not owe me a shred Life does not owe me a shred

Happy 77th birthday actress Valerie Harper.

on August 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM
I am not easily assimilated I am not easily assimilated

On this day in 1986 the Charles Strouse / Stephen Schwartz / Teresa Stratas musical Rags opened on Broadway.

on August 21, 2016 at 10:12 AM
“I don’t think any novelist should be concerned with literature” “I don’t think any novelist should be concerned with literature”

Born on this day in 1918 novelist Jacqueline Susann.

on August 20, 2016 at 11:07 AM
In those strange days, people coming from—God knows where—joined forces in that far Western land In those strange days, people coming from—God knows where—joined forces in that far Western land

On this day in 1848 the New York Herald reported the discovery of gold in California.

on August 19, 2016 at 9:54 AM
Do you know because I tell you so Do you know because I tell you so

On this day in 1920, Amendment XIX to the United States Constitution was ratified.

on August 18, 2016 at 9:32 AM
A guy what takes his time A guy what takes his time

On this day in 1876 Wagner’s Götterdämmerung premiered at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.

on August 17, 2016 at 9:44 AM
Seliger Öde auf wonniger Höh’ Seliger Öde auf wonniger Höh’

On this day in 1876 Wagner’s Siegfried premiered at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.

on August 16, 2016 at 1:30 PM
May the Schwarz be with you May the Schwarz be with you

Happy 73rd birthday mezzo-soprano Hanna Schwarz.

on August 15, 2016 at 11:19 AM
Regista Regista

Born on this day in 1904 baritone and teacher Martial Singher.

on August 14, 2016 at 10:54 AM
The man who brought back Baroque The man who brought back Baroque

Happy 89th birthday conductor Raymond Leppard.

on August 11, 2016 at 10:31 AM
Questel for fire Questel for fire

On this day in 1930 Betty Boop made her film debut in Dizzy Dishes, created by Max Fleischer.

on August 09, 2016 at 8:44 AM
Sanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results Sanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results

On this day in 1876 Thomas Edison (not pictured) patented the mimeograph.

on August 08, 2016 at 9:20 AM
I spy I spy

Born on this day in 1876 dancer and spy Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” Zelle MacLeod aka Mata Hari (not pictured).

on August 07, 2016 at 10:08 AM
Technicolor Tessie Technicolor Tessie

Born on this day in 1911 actress and producer Lucille Ball.

on August 06, 2016 at 9:10 AM
I’m an ordinary woman I’m an ordinary woman

On this day in 1924 the New York Daily News debuted the comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray.

on August 05, 2016 at 9:29 AM
Entrusted Entrusted

Happy 55th birthday President Barack Obama.

on August 04, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Profiled, covered, revealed, reported Profiled, covered, revealed, reported

On this day in 1943 Martin Vale‘s melodrama The Two Mrs. Carrolls opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre.

on August 03, 2016 at 10:03 AM
Silver lies hidden in the core of dreams Silver lies hidden in the core of dreams

Happy 79th birthday soprano Gundula Janowitz.

on August 02, 2016 at 8:42 AM
It’s about this whale It’s about this whale

>Born on this day in 1819 writer Herman Melville. 

on August 01, 2016 at 10:16 AM
It doesn’t cost you anything to dream It doesn’t cost you anything to dream

Born on this day in 1887 composer Sigmund Romberg.

on July 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM