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.

Branching out Branching out

Born on this day in 1881 Austrian author Stefan Zweig,

on November 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM
The Abominable Showman The Abominable Showman

Born on this day in 1903 Broadway impresario David Merrick.

on November 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Roman candles Roman candles

On this day in 1887 Victorien Sardou’s melodrama La Tosca premiered in Paris.

on November 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Getting his Dukes in a row Getting his Dukes in a row

>On this day in 1903, Enrico Caruso made his United States debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in Rigoletto.

on November 23, 2015 at 10:28 AM
Dream a little dream Dream a little dream

On this day in 1898, Mascagni’s Iris premiered in Rome.  

on November 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Intruding in nudist parties in studios Intruding in nudist parties in studios

On this day in 1620 the Plymouth Colony settlers signed the Mayflower Compact.

on November 21, 2015 at 12:13 PM
Devil may care Devil may care

On this day in 1901 Jules Massenet’s “conte lyrique” Grisélidis premiered at the Opéra-Comique.

on November 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM
Soft center Soft center

Born on this day in 1889 actor Clifton Webb.

on November 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM
That trick never works That trick never works

On this day in 1959 Rocky and His Friends debuted on ABC.

on November 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt

On this day in 1866 the opera Mignon premiered at the Théâtre Impérial de l’Opéra-Comique, Paris.

on November 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Possente maestro Possente maestro

On this day in 1908 Arturo Toscanini made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting a new production of Aïda, with Emmy Destinn, also making her debut, in the title role.

on November 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Down in the depths Down in the depths

On this day in 1903 Eugen d’Albert‘s Tiefland premiered in Prague.

on November 15, 2015 at 3:07 PM
Die Göttin dieser Insel Die Göttin dieser Insel

Born on this day in 1926 soprano Leonie Rysanek.

on November 14, 2015 at 10:57 AM
“Hollywood amuses me” “Hollywood amuses me”

Born on this day in 1929 actress, later princess Grace Kelly.

on November 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM
That’s nobody’s business but the Turks That’s nobody’s business but the Turks

On this day in 1725 Handel’s opera Tamerlano premiered in London.

on November 11, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Latouche and go Latouche and go

On this day in 1955, the musical The Vamp opened at the Winter Garden Theater, to run 60 performances.

on November 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM
A tiny cog in the great wheel of evolution A tiny cog in the great wheel of evolution

On this day in 1939 Ninotchka, starring Greta Garbo, premiered.

on November 09, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Presenting…. in person… Presenting…. in person…

Born on this day in 1912 American actress June Havoc.

on November 08, 2015 at 8:00 AM
The magnificent amber daughter The magnificent amber daughter

Happy 79th birthday to dramatic soprano Dame Gwyneth Jones!

on November 07, 2015 at 12:31 PM
Too much virtue can be criminal Too much virtue can be criminal

Born on this day in 1692 French poet Louis Racine.

on November 06, 2015 at 11:05 AM
Do you know because I tell you so Do you know because I tell you so

On this day in 1872 suffragist Susan B. Anthony voted for Ulysses S. Grant.

on November 05, 2015 at 8:00 AM
No sleep, no rest No sleep, no rest

On this day in 1890 Prince Igor premiered in St. Petersburg.

on November 04, 2015 at 11:44 AM
The cold never bothered them anyway The cold never bothered them anyway

On this day in 1952 Clarence Birdseye began marketing frozen peas.

on November 03, 2015 at 8:00 AM
It may be that there is no place for any of us It may be that there is no place for any of us

On this day in 1971 the musical The Grass Harp opened at the Martin Beck Theater, to run seven performances.

on November 02, 2015 at 8:00 AM