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.


Speak low when you speak love Speak low when you speak love

On this day in 1926 the first Vitaphone “talkie” movie, Don Juan premiered at the Warner Theatre in New York City.

on August 05, 2015 at 8:00 AM
The night they invented Champagne The night they invented Champagne

This day in 1693 is the date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon‘s invention of Champagne.

on August 04, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Palcopalooza Palcopalooza

On this day in 1778 the Teatro alla Scala opened in Milan.

on August 03, 2015 at 8:00 AM
The little things she used to do The little things she used to do

Born on this day in 1900 actress and singer Helen Morgan.

on August 02, 2015 at 8:00 AM
They say we’re young and we don’t know They say we’re young and we don’t know

On this day in 1971 The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour debuted on CBS-TV.

on August 01, 2015 at 1:00 PM
See how accessible you are? See how accessible you are?

Born on this day in 1956 actor Michael Biehn.

on July 31, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Embraceable two Embraceable two

On this day in 1943, Girl Crazy, the final film in which Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney starred as a team, was released.

on July 30, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Woman behind bars Woman behind bars

On this day in 1579 King Philip II ordered the arrest of Ana de Mendoza, Princess of Eboli, on the charge of betraying state secrets.

on July 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM
A pretty girl is like a melody A pretty girl is like a melody

On this day in 1933, the first singing telegram was delivered (to Rudy Vallée, actually.)

on July 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Se uno squillo intenderà Se uno squillo intenderà

On this day 100 years ago, tenor Mario del Monaco was born.

on July 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Bühnenweihfestspiel Bühnenweihfestspiel

On this day in 1882 Richard Wagner‘s music drama Parsifal premiered at Bayreuth.

on July 26, 2015 at 2:15 PM
Why? Is there one missing? Why? Is there one missing?

On this day in 1946 Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis staged their first show as a comedy team.

on July 25, 2015 at 12:47 PM
Light the candles Light the candles

On this day in 1983 a revival of Mame starring Angela Lansbury opened at the Gershwin Theater, to run only 41 performances.

on July 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Don’t tell me the lights are shining Don’t tell me the lights are shining

On this day in 1904 the first ice cream cone, created by Charles E. Menches, was served during the St. Louis World Fair.

on July 23, 2015 at 1:33 PM
Ebben sia pure… anch’io son tal Ebben sia pure… anch’io son tal

On this day in 1933, soprano Caterina Jarboro performed the title role of Aida at the New York Hippodrome.

on July 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Come rain or come shine Come rain or come shine

On this day in 1983 a storm cut short Diana Ross‘s free concert in Central Park.

on July 21, 2015 at 12:12 PM
Hysterical blondness Hysterical blondness

Born on this day in 356 BC Macedonian king Alexander the Great.

on July 20, 2015 at 10:06 AM
Mouse packs house Mouse packs house

On this day in 1951 the revue Two on the Aisle opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater for 276 performances.

on July 19, 2015 at 12:39 PM
A roof with a view A roof with a view

On this day in 1907, Florenz Ziegfeld‘s Follies of 1907, first in the impresario’s legendary series of lavish revues, premiered at the Jardin de Paris in New York City.

on July 18, 2015 at 1:56 PM
Schlepp by Schlepp Schlepp by Schlepp

On this day in 1762 Catherine II became tsarina of Russia upon the murder of Peter III.

on July 17, 2015 at 1:17 PM
Unabating Unabating

On this day in 1782 Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail premiered in Vienna.

on July 16, 2015 at 12:07 PM
The people are the heroes now The people are the heroes now

On this day in 1971 President Nixon announced he would visit the People’s Republic of China.

on July 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Liberté, égalité, feux d’artifice! Liberté, égalité, feux d’artifice!

On this day in 1789 the French Revolution began with the fall of the Bastille.

on July 14, 2015 at 11:58 AM
You Bette your life You Bette your life

On this day in 1987 a federal judge threw out Bette Midler‘s $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound-alike voice for their TV commercials.

on July 13, 2015 at 8:00 AM
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