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.


Consigned to oblivion Consigned to oblivion

Born on this day in 1770 a forgotten composer named Ludwig van Beethoven.

on December 16, 2020 at 2:00 AM
Il bacio di Tosca Il bacio di Tosca

Happy 86th birthday soprano Raina Kabaivanska.

on December 15, 2020 at 2:00 AM
Crying Jane Crying Jane

Born on this day in 1884 actress and playwright Jane Cowl.

on December 14, 2020 at 8:00 AM
The glamorous life The glamorous life

On this day in 2009 Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury headlined the first Broadway revival of A Little Night Music.

on December 13, 2020 at 1:00 AM
The Voice The Voice

Born on this day in 1915 singer and actor Frank Sinatra.

on December 12, 2020 at 1:00 AM
Queen of the B’s Queen of the B’s

Born on this day in 1919 noir dame par excellence Marie Windsor.

on December 11, 2020 at 1:30 AM
If loving you is sarong If loving you is sarong

Born on this day in 1914 actress Dorothy Lamour.

on December 10, 2020 at 2:00 AM
In witch we serve In witch we serve

Born on this day in 1902 schoolteacher, actress and voice artist Margaret Hamilton.

on December 09, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Beyond the sea Beyond the sea

Born on this day in 1865 composer Jean Sibelius.

on December 08, 2020 at 1:00 AM
It’s good to be king It’s good to be king

Happy 39th birthday to bass Zachary James.

on December 07, 2020 at 12:30 AM
The Tennessee Nightingale The Tennessee Nightingale

Born on this day in 1898 soprano Grace Moore.

on December 05, 2020 at 9:37 AM
“I’m tired of playing little girls” “I’m tired of playing little girls”

Born on this day in 1921 soprano and film star Deanna Durbin.

on December 04, 2020 at 12:30 AM
Simple and sweet Simple and sweet

Born on this day in 1907 songstress supreme Connee Boswell.

on December 03, 2020 at 1:00 AM
Take a lesson! Take a lesson!

Happy 75th birthday to songstress, actress and producer Bette Midler.

on December 01, 2020 at 12:14 PM
I look up and I cry to a big empty sky I look up and I cry to a big empty sky

On this day in 1955, the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein had the rare experience of presenting a flop, the musical Pipe Dream which ran only 246 performances. On the other hand, the show included the definitive “I want” song:

on November 30, 2020 at 3:00 AM
“I could have been a great many things” “I could have been a great many things”

Born on this day in 1832 writer Louisa May Alcott.

on November 29, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“I don’t think I ever understood Hollywood” “I don’t think I ever understood Hollywood”

Born on this day in 1923 actress Gloria Grahame.

on November 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM
So get in it, begin it! So get in it, begin it!

On this day in 1937 the International Ladies Garment Workers Union presented the union-themed musical revue, Pins and Needles.

on November 27, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Thanks anyway Thanks anyway

Happy Thanksgiving to the US contingent of the cher public!

on November 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Singing is a form of admitting that I’m alive Singing is a form of admitting that I’m alive

Born on this day in 1927 tenor Alfredo Kraus.

on November 24, 2020 at 1:40 AM
Prince of the music hall Prince of the music hall

Born on this day in 1892 artist and designer Erté (né Romain de Tirtoff).

on November 23, 2020 at 1:15 AM
Good authors too Good authors too

On this day in 1934, Anything Goes, with words and music by Cole Porter, opened at the Alvin Theatre to run 420 performances.

on November 21, 2020 at 12:08 PM
“Curiosity is a great antidote to fear” “Curiosity is a great antidote to fear”

Happy 78th birthday to composer, performer, director, vocalist, filmmaker and choreographer Meredith Monk.

on November 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Quiet please, there’s a lady on stage Quiet please, there’s a lady on stage

On this day in 1962 soprano Régine Crespin made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Marschallin. Mezzo Hertha Töpper debuted as Octavian and Lotte Lehmann was stage director.

on November 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM
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