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.

Deep talks, long walks, telephone calls Deep talks, long walks, telephone calls

On this day in 1970 Company opened at the Alvin Theatre to run 690 performances.

on April 26, 2016 at 7:33 AM
What does a woman want? What does a woman want?

On this day in 1926 Puccini’s opera Turandot premiered in Milan.

on April 25, 2016 at 8:00 AM
For me, the safest place is out on a limb For me, the safest place is out on a limb

Happy 82nd birthday actress/author Shirley MacLaine.

on April 24, 2016 at 8:00 AM
The song of a heart that’s free The song of a heart that’s free

On this day in 2005 the first video was uploaded to YouTube.com.

on April 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM
O vagabonda stella d’Oriente O vagabonda stella d’Oriente

Happy 81st birthday mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto.

on April 22, 2016 at 12:17 PM
Only a day away Only a day away

On this day in 1977 the Strouse and Charnin musical Annie opened at the Alvin Theater, to run for 2,377 performances.

on April 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM
5135 Kensington Avenue 5135 Kensington Avenue

On this day in 1904 the Louisiana Purchase Exposition opened in St Louis.

on April 20, 2016 at 4:55 PM
She’s still here She’s still here

Happy 51st birthday soprano Natalie Dessay.

on April 19, 2016 at 2:16 PM
Shake, rattle and role Shake, rattle and role

On this day in 1906 the San Francisco earthquake and fire killed nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city.

on April 18, 2016 at 12:07 PM
Evergreen soprano Evergreen soprano

Born on this day in 1912 soprano Marta Eggerth.

on April 17, 2016 at 6:26 PM
Quick on the trigger Quick on the trigger

On this day in 1922 Annie Oakley set a women’s record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row.

on April 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Go visit your grandmother Go visit your grandmother

On this say in 1971 70, Girls, 70 opened at the Broadhurst Theater to run 35 performances.

on April 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Non senti tu ne l’anima il suon de nova voce lusinghiera? Non senti tu ne l’anima il suon de nova voce lusinghiera?

Happy 58th birthday soprano Aprile Millo.

on April 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Diamond bracelets Diamond bracelets

Born on this day in 1852 Frank W. Woolworth, creator of the five and ten cent store.

on April 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM
People come, people go. Nothing ever happens People come, people go. Nothing ever happens

On this day in 1932 the film Grand Hotel premiered at the Astor Theatre in New York City.

on April 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM
A pretty pair of babies A pretty pair of babies

On this day in 1914, George Bernard Shaw‘s play Pygmalion premiered at His Majesty’s Theatre in London.

on April 11, 2016 at 10:25 AM
Working gets in the way of living Working gets in the way of living

Born on this day in 1932 Egyptian actor Omar Sharif.

on April 10, 2016 at 8:00 AM
When a girl goes wrong, men go right after her When a girl goes wrong, men go right after her

On this day in 1928 the melodrama Diamond Lil, written by and starring Mae West, opened at the Royale Theatre, to run 176 performances.

on April 09, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Happy birthday everybody Happy birthday everybody

On this day in 1876 Ponchelli’s La Gioconda premiered in Milan.

on April 08, 2016 at 11:28 AM
As normal as blueberry pie As normal as blueberry pie

On this day in 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific opened on Broadway.

on April 07, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Everybody gets his kicks some way Everybody gets his kicks some way

On this day in 1959 Susan Hayward won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in I Want to Live.

on April 06, 2016 at 8:32 AM
Die Majestät wird anerkannt rings im Land! Die Majestät wird anerkannt rings im Land!

On this date in 1874 Johann Strauss Jr’s Die Fledermaus premiered in Vienna.

on April 05, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Pardon my Ploërmel Pardon my Ploërmel

On this day in 1859 Meyerbeer’s Dinorah premiered in Paris.

on April 04, 2016 at 9:38 AM
Old wine in old bottles Old wine in old bottles

On this day in 1961, The Happiest Girl in the World opened at Martin Beck Theater to run 97 performances.

on April 03, 2016 at 10:10 AM