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.


I’ll fry tomorrow I’ll fry tomorrow

According to an ancient American legend, on this day in 1896 the Chinese-American dish chop suey was created in New York City by the Cantonese chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-Chang.

on August 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Schwann catalog Schwann catalog

On this day in 1850 Richard Wagner‘s romantic opera Lohengrin premiered at Weimar, conducted by Franz Liszt.

on August 28, 2015 at 8:46 AM
And all he said was “woof” And all he said was “woof”

On this day in 1665 Ye Bare & Ye Cubb became the first play performed in North America (at Acomac, VA.)

on August 27, 2015 at 9:53 AM
Grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish Grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish

On this day in 1498 Michelangelo was commissioned to carve the Pietà.

on August 26, 2015 at 9:33 AM
It’s a new world It’s a new world

On this day in 1718 French colonists in Louisiana established a settlement named for the Duc d’Orléans, which would later become the city of New Orleans.

on August 25, 2015 at 8:37 AM
Junk science Junk science

On this day in 1853 the first potato chips were prepared by chef George Crum in Saratoga Springs, NY.

on August 24, 2015 at 7:04 AM
Do you like movies about gladiators? Do you like movies about gladiators?

On this day in 1834 Mount Vesuvius erupted.

on August 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM
This is the end of the news This is the end of the news

On this day in 1945 Noel Coward‘s revue Sigh No More premiered in London.

on August 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Sea-sound, like violins Sea-sound, like violins

Happy 81st birthday mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker.

on August 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Sister act Sister act

On this day in 1828 Gioacchino Rossini‘s opera Le Comte Ory premiered in Paris.

on August 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM
It’s good to be the king It’s good to be the king

On this day in 1772 Gustav III seized effective control of the Swedish government and restored the full power of the monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720.

on August 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Now laughing friends deride tears I cannot hide Now laughing friends deride tears I cannot hide

Born on this day in 1873 lyricist Otto Harbach.

on August 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM
People come and go so quickly here! People come and go so quickly here!

On this day in 1939 The Wizard of Oz opened at Loew’s Capitol Theater in New York City.

on August 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Froh und freudig führe frei ich nun aus Froh und freudig führe frei ich nun aus

On this day in 1876 the music drama Siegfried premiered in Bayreuth.

on August 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM
What bloody man is that? What bloody man is that?

On this day in 1040 King Duncan I of Scotland was killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth (not, as per Shakespeare’s play, murdered in his sleep.)  

on August 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Sure of all the things we got Sure of all the things we got

On this day in 1965 (i.e., 50 years ago), Sonny & Cher‘s “I Got You Babe” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

on August 14, 2015 at 8:00 AM
No object sure before was ever half so pleasing No object sure before was ever half so pleasing

Happy 67th birthday soprano Kathleen Battle.

on August 13, 2015 at 8:00 AM
One percent inspiration One percent inspiration

On this day in 1877, Thomas Edison invented the “Edisonphone,” an early phonograph.

on August 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Brand new key Brand new key

On this day in 1866 the world’s roller rink opened, in Newport, Rhode Island.  

on August 11, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Smile! Smile!

On this day in 1948 Allen Funt‘s Candid Camera debuted.

on August 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM
I couldn’t aspire to anything higher I couldn’t aspire to anything higher

On this day in 1930 Betty Boop first appeared in Max Fleischer‘s animated cartoon “Dizzy Dishes.”  

on August 09, 2015 at 1:40 PM
We gotta go We gotta go

On this day in in 1963, the Kingsmen released “Louie, Louie”, later the subject of a two-year investigation by the FBI on the charge of obscenity.

on August 08, 2015 at 1:58 PM
Helen is always willing Helen is always willing

On this day in 1954 the musical The Golden Apple closed at the Alvin Theater after 125 performances.

on August 07, 2015 at 8:00 AM
My next exclusive My next exclusive

Born on this day in 1881 gossip columnist Louella Parsons, and in 1911 actress Lucille Ball.

on August 06, 2015 at 8:00 AM
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