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.

Love actually Love actually

On this day in 1830 Vincenzo Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi premiered in Venice.

on March 04, 2016 at 8:51 AM
She was a gypsy woman She was a gypsy woman

On this day in 1875 Bizet’s Carmen had its disastrous premiere at the Opera Comique in Paris. 

on March 03, 2016 at 8:00 AM
An ordinary couple An ordinary couple

On this day in 1965 The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, was released.

on March 02, 2016 at 10:13 AM
Final curtain Final curtain

On this day in 1957 Ziegfeld Follies of 1957 opened at the Winter Garden, to run 123 performances.

on March 01, 2016 at 8:00 AM
St. Bart’s St. Bart’s

On this day in 1836 Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots opened in Paris.

on February 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Neither was there any such spice as the Queen of Sheba gave King Solomon Neither was there any such spice as the Queen of Sheba gave King Solomon

On this day in 1862 Gounod’s La Reine de Saba premiered in Paris.

on February 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM
The girl next door The girl next door

Happy 81st birthday soprano Mirella Freni.

on February 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Aimer, c’est agir Aimer, c’est agir

Born on this day in 1802 author and playwright Victor Hugo.

on February 26, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Sol survivor Sol survivor

On this day in 1830 Victor Hugo‘s Hernani premiered in Paris.

on February 25, 2016 at 11:59 AM
Dei crucci la trama smaglia il sorriso Dei crucci la trama smaglia il sorriso

Happy 82nd birthday soprano Renata Scotto.

on February 24, 2016 at 8:00 AM
La reine La reine

Born on this day in 1927 soprano Régine Crespin.

on February 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Heard but not seen Heard but not seen

Happy 86th birthday soprano and Hollywood “ghost” singer Marni Nixon.

on February 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM
The useful precaution The useful precaution

On this day in 1816 Rossini’s Almaviva, o sia L’inutile precauzione had its disastrous premiere in Rome. 

on February 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Take my soul and pour it out Take my soul and pour it out

On this day in 1914 Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini premiered in Turin. 

on February 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Garden variety Garden variety

On this day in 1902 Le jongleur de Notre-Dame by Jules Massenet was first performed at the Opéra Garnier in Monte Carlo.

on February 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Ernst van Dyck, ya know Ernst van Dyck, ya know

On this date in 1892 Massenet’s Werther premiered in Vienna. 

on February 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Haine implacable Haine implacable

On this day in 1686 Jean Baptiste Lully‘s opera Armide premiered in Paris.

on February 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM
That is what Fiction means That is what Fiction means

On this day in 1895 Oscar Wilde‘s The Importance of Being Earnest premiered at the St. James’s Theatre in London.

on February 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM
She could go on singing She could go on singing

Happy 47th birthday mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

on February 13, 2016 at 10:58 AM
“You can’t make a soufflé rise twice” “You can’t make a soufflé rise twice”

Born on this day in 1884 writer and socialite Alice Roosevelt Longworth.

on February 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Vivre sa vivandière Vivre sa vivandière

On this day in 1840 Donizetti’s La fille du Regiment premiered in Paris.

on February 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM
A soaring instrument A soaring instrument

Happy 89th birthday soprano Leontyne Price!

on February 10, 2016 at 11:36 AM
Ye gods and little fishes Ye gods and little fishes

On this day in 1893 Verdi’s Falstaff premiered in Milan.

on February 09, 2016 at 8:26 AM
Apotheosis Apotheosis

On this day in 1895 the Petipa staging of Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake premiered in St Petersburg.

on February 08, 2016 at 8:00 AM