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.

Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit

On this day in 1882 Wagner’s Parsifal premiered in Bayreuth.

on July 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Rabbit season Rabbit season

On this day in 1940 Bugs Bunny made his official film debut in Wild Hare.

on July 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Say good night Say good night

Born on this day in 1902 comedienne, actress and (who knew?) dancer Gracie Allen. 

on July 26, 2016 at 7:09 AM
Gorgeous Gorgeous

Happy 81st birthday actress Barbara Harris.

on July 25, 2016 at 9:24 AM
There are worse things than being called cute There are worse things than being called cute

Happy 48th birthday singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth.

on July 24, 2016 at 7:40 AM
A dusty venetian blind A dusty venetian blind

Born on this day in 1913 actress Coral Browne.

on July 23, 2016 at 10:27 AM
The modern rule is that every woman should be her own chaperone The modern rule is that every woman should be her own chaperone

Born on this day in 1908 etiquette maven Amy Vanderbilt.

on July 22, 2016 at 6:46 AM
Song of the moon Song of the moon

On this day in 1969, ABC-TV telecast Duke Ellington and members of his band celebrating the first moon landing by performing his composition “Moon Maiden.”

on July 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Thorns bird Thorns bird

Happy 78th birthday Dame Diana Rigg.

on July 20, 2016 at 8:51 AM
Like a bird Like a bird

Born on this day in 1868 soprano Florence Foster Jenkins

on July 19, 2016 at 5:16 PM
Ecco il Valhalla! Ecco il Valhalla!

On this day in 452 Attila laid siege to the metropolis of Aquileia.

on July 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM
In all the music my heart sings to you In all the music my heart sings to you

Born on this day in 1914 soprano Eleanor Steber.

on July 17, 2016 at 1:24 PM
The intelligent homosexual The intelligent homosexual

Happy 60th birthday playwright Tony Kushner

on July 16, 2016 at 2:01 PM
What a tale could be told What a tale could be told

On this day in 1949 Miss Liberty opened at the Imperial Theater, to run 308 performances.

on July 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Le jour de gloire est arrivé! Le jour de gloire est arrivé!

Happy Bastille Day! 

on July 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM
And the award goes to… And the award goes to…

On this day in 1668 Antonio Cesti‘s opera Il pomo d’oro premiered in Vienna.

on July 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM
“I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man” “I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man”

On this day in 1804 Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton died after being shot in a pistol duel by Vice President Aaron Burr.

on July 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Northern light Northern light

Happy 92nd birthday tenor Nicolai Gedda.

on July 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Gut’ Bess’rung dem Meister! Gut’ Bess’rung dem Meister!

Happy 47th birthday and get well soon tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

on July 10, 2016 at 2:01 PM
Kavalierbariton Kavalierbariton

Born on this day in 1929 baritone Eberhard Waechter.

on July 09, 2016 at 9:27 AM
Drive, she said Drive, she said

Born on this day in 1939 mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova.

on July 07, 2016 at 4:00 AM
My job gives me the attention I’d otherwise crave My job gives me the attention I’d otherwise crave

>Happy 58th birthday actress, comedian and screenwriter Jennifer Saunders.

on July 06, 2016 at 8:07 AM
Je suis un mensonge qui dit toujours la vérité Je suis un mensonge qui dit toujours la vérité

Born on this day in 1889 writer, filmmaker and designer Jean Cocteau.

on July 05, 2016 at 8:07 AM
America forever! America forever!

Happy Independence Day All U.S. Parterrians!

on July 04, 2016 at 8:00 AM