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.

Enter laughing Enter laughing

On this day in 1914, Tillie’s Punctured Romance, the first feature-length film comedy, was released.

on December 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Lovely to look at Lovely to look at

On this day in 1898 American actress and singer Irene Dunne was born.

on December 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Mon coeur s’est calmé! Mon coeur s’est calmé!

On this day in 1881, Massenet’s Hérodiade premiered in Brussels.

on December 19, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Son souvenir vivra parmi les âges Son souvenir vivra parmi les âges

On this day in 218 BC, in the Battle of the Trebia of the Second Punic War, Hannibal’s Carthaginian forces defeated those of the Roman Republic.

on December 18, 2014 at 9:48 AM
Hot ticket Hot ticket

On this day in 1965, the first concert was presented in Houston’s Astrodome.

on December 17, 2014 at 7:35 AM
Uncharted Uncharted

On this day in 1497 Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.

on December 16, 2014 at 12:06 AM
Loud and proud Loud and proud

On this day in 1973 the American Psychiatric Association voted 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.

on December 15, 2014 at 12:40 PM
On tour On tour

On this day in 1823 Gioacchino Rossini arrived in London.

on December 13, 2014 at 2:08 AM
All our pomp of yesterday All our pomp of yesterday

On this day in 627, a Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeaeds Emperor Khosrau II’s Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh, in the Battle of Nineveh.

on December 12, 2014 at 7:38 AM
Femme fatale Femme fatale

On this day in 1882, Victorien Sardou‘s Fedora premiered in Paris with Sarah Bernhardt in the title role.

on December 11, 2014 at 7:56 AM
One for the rodent One for the rodent

On this day 1955, Mighty Mouse Playhouse premiered on American television.

on December 10, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Deeds of bygone days Deeds of bygone days

On this day in 1842, Glinka’s opera Ruslan and Lyudmila premiered in St. Petersburg.

on December 09, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Square-cut or pear-shape Square-cut or pear-shape

On this day in 1949, Jule Styne‘s musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes opened at the Ziegfeld Theater.

on December 08, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Pump up the volume Pump up the volume

On this day in 1940, sponsorship of the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday afternoon broadcasts by The Texas Company (Texaco) began with Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.

on December 07, 2014 at 12:00 AM
The book of Merman The book of Merman

On this day in 1956, the musical Happy Hunting opened at the Majestic Theater.

on December 06, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Ce noble transport Ce noble transport

On this day in 1890 Hector Berlioz‘s Les Troyens premiered in Karlsruhe.

on December 05, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Girls and gags Girls and gags

On this day in 1928 Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn‘s musical Whoopee premiered at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

on December 04, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Catch 21 Catch 21

On this day in 1993, the first issue of parterre box was published to commemorate the 70th birthday of Maria Callas, and, yes, La Cieca knows she got the date wrong.

on December 03, 2014 at 1:40 AM
White tie and tails White tie and tails

On this day in 1933, Fred Astaire‘s first film, Dancing Lady, was released.

on December 02, 2014 at 12:05 AM
You were a flop, you know You were a flop, you know

On this day in 1956, the musical Candide opened at the Martin Beck Theater for 73 performances.

on December 01, 2014 at 7:47 AM
Una voce molto tempo fa Una voce molto tempo fa

On this date in 1825, Il barbiere di Siviglia was performed at the Park Theatre.

on November 29, 2014 at 12:05 AM
The secret word The secret word

On this day in 1932 Groucho Marx performed on radio for the first time.

on November 28, 2014 at 12:59 AM
Cross purposes Cross purposes

On this day in 1095 Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont.

on November 27, 2014 at 12:26 AM
Born to be Vlad Born to be Vlad

On this day in 1476, Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) defeated Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Báthory and became the ruler of Wallachia for the third time.

on November 26, 2014 at 12:05 AM