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.

Tired business, man Tired business, man

On this day in 1955 the legendary flop musical Ankles Aweigh opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater.

on April 18, 2015 at 11:06 AM
The singing fool The singing fool

On this day in 1912, Al Jolson‘s recording of “Ragging the Baby to Sleep” was released.

on April 17, 2015 at 9:33 AM
Make someone happy Make someone happy

On this day in 1959 A Party with Comden and Green opened at the John Golden Theater.

on April 16, 2015 at 10:03 AM
Une étoile est née Une étoile est née

Born on this day in 1684 Catherine I of Russia.

on April 15, 2015 at 8:49 AM
Spitfire Spitfire

On this day in 1960 Bye Bye Birdie opened at the Martin Beck Theater, to run 607 performances.

on April 14, 2015 at 10:25 AM
there’s life in the old dame yet there’s life in the old dame yet

On this day in 1957 the musical Shinbone Alley opened at Broadway Theater for a run of 49 performances.

on April 13, 2015 at 8:57 AM
Another fine mesh Another fine mesh

On this day in 1967 the musical Ilya Darling opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater.

on April 11, 2015 at 7:50 AM
Fasten and furious Fasten and furious

On this day in 1849 the safety pin was patented by Walter Hunt, who sold the right to his invention for $400.

on April 10, 2015 at 6:49 AM
Hard to handle Hard to handle

On this day in 1928, the play Diamond Lil, written by and starring Mae West, opened at the Royale Theater in New York City.

on April 09, 2015 at 6:36 AM
Namesake Namesake

On this day in 1876 Amilcare Ponchielli‘s opera La Gioconda [from which our doyenne derived her nom de plume] premiered in Milan.

on April 08, 2015 at 8:43 AM
Fashion police Fashion police

On this day in 397 the wearing of Barbarian clothing in the City of Rome was banned by the Emperor Honorius.

on April 07, 2015 at 8:25 AM
Take back your mink Take back your mink

On this day in 1808 John Jacob Astor incorporated the American Fur Company.

on April 06, 2015 at 7:15 AM
Coffee break Coffee break

Relax, enjoy a steaming cup of java and celebrate Sunday with a discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects.

on April 05, 2015 at 2:30 AM
Beautiful girls Beautiful girls

On this day in 1971 the musical Follies opened at Winter Garden Theater in New York for 524 performances.

on April 04, 2015 at 10:09 AM
A million hearts beat quicker there A million hearts beat quicker there

On this day in 1930 The Broadway Melody was named “Outstanding Picture” at the second annual Academy Awards ceremony.

on April 03, 2015 at 7:00 AM
The dawn of time The dawn of time

On this day in 1968 Stanley Kubrick‘s film 2001: A Space Odyssey was released.

on April 02, 2015 at 9:04 AM
The Constantine Wife The Constantine Wife

On this day in 307, after divorcing his wife Minervina, Constantine married Fausta, the daughter of the retired Roman Emperor Maximian.

on March 31, 2015 at 6:59 AM
Accolade Accolade

On this day in 1778, at the sixth performance of the play Irène, the audience crowned playwright Voltaire with a laurel wreath.

on March 30, 2015 at 7:19 AM
Deception Deception

On this day in 1917 Puccini’s La Rondine premiered in Monte Carlo.

on March 28, 2015 at 12:57 PM
Metro opera Metro opera

On this day in 1976 the Washington DC Metro opened.

on March 27, 2015 at 7:40 AM
Woodsman Woodsman

On this day in 1955 “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” became the #1 record in the United States.

on March 26, 2015 at 7:34 AM
Curtain down! Kill the lights! Curtain down! Kill the lights!

On this say in 1961 Gypsy closed at the Broadway Theater after 702 performances.

on March 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Olio Olio

On this day in 1913 the Palace Theater opened at 1564 Broadway in New York City.

on March 24, 2015 at 1:07 PM
Upper crust Upper crust

On this day in 1901 Dame Nellie Melba revealed the recipe for her eponymous toast.

on March 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM
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