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.

On this thousandth day On this thousandth day

On this day in 1533 Henry VIII of England secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn.

on January 25, 2015 at 12:57 AM
Vivo! Vivo!

On this day in 41 AD Roman Emperor Caligula was assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards, who then proclaimed Caligula’s uncle Claudius as Emperor.

on January 24, 2015 at 1:04 AM
Triple threat Triple threat

Happy 82nd birthday to American actress, singer, and dancer Chita Rivera.

on January 23, 2015 at 7:55 AM
Can of worms Can of worms

On this day in 1521 Emperor Charles V opened the Diet of Worms.

on January 22, 2015 at 11:42 AM
We’re the millers We’re the millers

On this day in 1904 Leos Janacek‘s Jenufa premiered in Brno.

on January 21, 2015 at 12:05 AM
Legal at last Legal at last

On this day in 1949 J. Edgar Hoover gave Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen.

on January 20, 2015 at 10:10 AM
Welch Schauspiel! aber ach! ein Schauspiel nur! Welch Schauspiel! aber ach! ein Schauspiel nur!

On this day in 1829 Johann von Goethe‘s Faust, der Tragödie erster Teil received its premiere performance.

on January 19, 2015 at 12:29 AM
All that jazz All that jazz

On this day in 1944, the Metropolitan Opera House hosted a jazz concert for the first time.

on January 17, 2015 at 12:22 PM
A place in every heart and a finger in every pie A place in every heart and a finger in every pie

On this day in 1949, The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, premiered.

on January 16, 2015 at 1:19 PM
Funny lady Funny lady

On this day in 1947, actress Andrea Martin was born.

on January 15, 2015 at 7:48 AM
Unto the second generation Unto the second generation

On this day in 1984 Madonna first sang “Holiday” on American Bandstand.

on January 14, 2015 at 8:04 AM
Sull’aria Sull’aria

On this day in 1910, the first public radio broadcast took place: music from Cavalleria rusticana was sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House.

on January 13, 2015 at 10:10 AM
How to succeed in Byzantium without really trying How to succeed in Byzantium without really trying

On this day in 475, Basiliscus became Byzantine Emperor, with a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople.

on January 12, 2015 at 12:41 AM
Theodora goes wild Theodora goes wild

On this day in 1055, Theodora was crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire.

on January 11, 2015 at 12:24 AM
Alea iacta est Alea iacta est

On this day in 49 BC Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, signaling the start of civil war.

on January 10, 2015 at 1:44 AM
Hands on Hands on

On this day in 2007, Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs announced the iPhone.

on January 09, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Scottish tragedy Scottish tragedy

On this day in 1735, the premiere performance of George Frideric Handel’s Ariodante was given at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

on January 08, 2015 at 1:11 PM
Rebel heart Rebel heart

On this day in 1601, Robert, Earl of Essex, led a revolt in London against Queen Elizabeth.

on January 07, 2015 at 7:44 AM
Primer time Primer time

On this day in 1973 “Schoolhouse Rock” premiered on ABC-TV.

on January 06, 2015 at 7:53 AM
Mattress of his domain Mattress of his domain

On this day in 1649, Francesco Cavalli’s Giasone premiered in Venice.

on January 05, 2015 at 12:18 AM
Stock photo Stock photo

On this day in 1865, the New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.

on January 04, 2015 at 11:43 AM
A farewell to arbres A farewell to arbres

On this day in 1431 Joan of Arc was defeated by Bishop Pierre Cauchon.

on January 03, 2015 at 1:15 PM
Les pauvres gens peuvent-ils être heureux? Les pauvres gens peuvent-ils être heureux?

On this day in 1900, Gustave Charpentier’s opera Louise premiered in Paris.

on January 02, 2015 at 11:35 AM
Dawn approaches Dawn approaches

On this day in 1801 the dwarf planet Ceres was discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi.

on January 01, 2015 at 12:57 PM
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