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.

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
My secret love’s no secret any more My secret love’s no secret any more

On this day in 1792 Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto premiered in Vienna.

on February 07, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Competition is always a good thing Competition is always a good thing

On this day in 1935, the “Monopoly” board game went on sale for the first time. 

on February 06, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Clamori e canti di battaglia, addio! Clamori e canti di battaglia, addio!

On this day in 1887 Verdi’s Otello premiered in Milan.

on February 05, 2016 at 11:14 AM
See for yourself See for yourself

“See for yourself what the genius of Walt Disney has created in his first full length feature production.”

on February 04, 2016 at 10:00 AM
No, she is an actress No, she is an actress

Born on this day in 1943 American actress Blythe Danner.

on February 03, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Autour de moi tout est sourire, lumiére et joie! Autour de moi tout est sourire, lumiére et joie!

On this day in 1900 Gustave Charpentier‘s Louise premiered in Paris.

on February 02, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Era amorosa la tua Manon? Rammenti? Era amorosa la tua Manon? Rammenti?

On this day in 1893 Puccini’s Manon Lescaut premiered at the Teatro Regio in Turin.

on February 01, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Show Girl Show Girl

Happy 95th birthday performer Carol Channing.

on January 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Goodness has nothing to do with it Goodness has nothing to do with it

Born on this day in 58 BC Livia, Empress consort of the Roman Empire and, eventually, goddess.

on January 30, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Name that Neptune Name that Neptune

On this day in 1781 Mozart’s Idomeneo premiered in Munich.

on January 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Maho maho man Maho maho man

On this day in 1916 Granados’ Goyescas premieres at the Met

on January 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Masters of sex Masters of sex

Born on this day in 1756 composer and musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose opera Così fan tutte premiered in Vienna on this date in 1790.

on January 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Plus Blanche que la blanche hermine Plus Blanche que la blanche hermine

On this day in 1957 Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites premiered at La Scala.

on January 26, 2016 at 12:19 PM
Wer älter wird, der träumt Wer älter wird, der träumt

On this day in 1909 the Richard Strauss/Hugo von Hofmannsthal opera Elektra premiered in Dresden.

on January 25, 2016 at 8:00 AM
A perfect day A perfect day

On this day in 1914 Victor Herbert’s Madeleine premiered at the Metropolitan Opera.

on January 24, 2016 at 12:49 PM
I wake up screaming I wake up screaming

Born on this day in 1889 actor Franklin Pangborn.

on January 23, 2016 at 5:01 PM
Diva, recumbent Diva, recumbent

Born on this day in 1897 soprano Rosa Ponselle

on January 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Hebrews 13:8! Hebrews 13:8!

Happy Diamond Jubilee to tenor/baritone/conductor Plácido Domingo

on January 21, 2016 at 11:40 AM
Matinee idol Matinee idol

Happy 83rd birthday tenor André Jobin

on January 20, 2016 at 1:08 PM
How I met your mother How I met your mother

On this day in 1853 Verdi’s Il Trovatore premiered in Rome.

on January 19, 2016 at 12:14 PM