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.

Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals

On this day 1804 a duel transpired in which Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.

on July 11, 2015 at 12:55 PM
Monkey business Monkey business

On this day in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” began with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.

on July 10, 2015 at 6:30 AM
As you like “it” As you like “it”

Born on this day in 19o7 actress Clara Bow.

on July 09, 2015 at 12:42 PM
Spice route Spice route

On this day in 1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departed on his first voyage.

on July 08, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Always the real thing Always the real thing

On this day in 1956 the Douglas Moore/John Latouche opera The Ballad of Baby Doe premiered.

on July 07, 2015 at 12:05 PM
Classic Classic

Happy Birthday to American singer Della Reese!

on July 06, 2015 at 12:14 PM
Antiroyalist fireworks Antiroyalist fireworks

On this day in 1865, the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published.

on July 04, 2015 at 3:38 PM
Conquering New York Conquering New York

On this day in 1954 the musical Wonderful Town closed at Winter Garden Theater after 559 performances.

on July 03, 2015 at 2:34 PM
Time is the reef upon which all our frail mystic ships are wrecked Time is the reef upon which all our frail mystic ships are wrecked

On this day in 1941 Noël Coward‘s Blithe Spirit premiered in London.

on July 02, 2015 at 6:21 AM
Das hat so einen sonderbaren Klang Das hat so einen sonderbaren Klang

On this day in 1933 Arabella premiered in Dresden.

on July 01, 2015 at 8:00 AM
C’était à Mégara, faubourg de Carthage C’était à Mégara, faubourg de Carthage

On this day in 1862 Gustave Flaubert completed Salammbô.

on June 30, 2015 at 8:42 AM
Insubstantial pageant Insubstantial pageant

On this day in 1613 Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre burned down.

on June 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM
The Adam family The Adam family

On this day in 1841 the Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris premiered the ballet Giselle.

on June 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM
I didn’t say she was dead; I said I killed her I didn’t say she was dead; I said I killed her

On this day in 1966 Dark Shadows premiered on ABC-TV.

on June 27, 2015 at 11:02 AM
Wahre Liebe fürchtet nicht Wahre Liebe fürchtet nicht

On this day the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

on June 26, 2015 at 1:45 PM
Slaughter on Madison Avenue Slaughter on Madison Avenue

On this day in 1906, architect Stanford White was shot dead atop Madison Square Garden by Harry Thaw, jealous husband of Evelyn Nesbit, White’s former mistress.

on June 25, 2015 at 12:22 PM
Knowledge was naught Knowledge was naught

On this day in 1374 a sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance causeed people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion.

on June 24, 2015 at 12:24 PM
Qwerty Qwerty

On this day in 1868 Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the “Type-Writer.”

on June 23, 2015 at 11:22 AM
Skin deep Skin deep

n this day in 1985 Dallas actress Victoria Principal (“35”) wedded plastic surgeon Harry Glassman (43).

on June 22, 2015 at 10:58 AM
Flight Flight

On this day in 1791, the fleeing French King Louis XVI and his family were captured at Varennes-en-Argonne.

on June 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Yours for the axing Yours for the axing

On this day in 1893 Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts.

on June 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM
People come, people go; nothing ever happens People come, people go; nothing ever happens

On this day in 1825 Gioacchino Rossini‘s Il viaggio a Reims premiered.

on June 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Just shoot me! Just shoot me!

On this day in 1821 Der_Freischütz premiered at the Schauspielhaus Berlin.

on June 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Peace in our time Peace in our time

On this day in 1971 President Richard Nixon declared the “War on Drugs.”

on June 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM