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.


Carina Carina

Happy 85th birthday actress Sophia Loren!

on September 20, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Curtain up! Light the lights! Curtain up! Light the lights!

On this day in 1974 the Winter Garden Theatre was evacuated due to a bomb threat.

on September 19, 2019 at 8:10 AM
“Maybe because I’m a nice and sweet person in life, I like the darker roles” “Maybe because I’m a nice and sweet person in life, I like the darker roles”

Happy 48th birthday soprano Anna Netrebko.

on September 18, 2019 at 8:57 AM
“On stage, I am in the dark” “On stage, I am in the dark”

Departed this world on this day 42 years ago in Paris.

on September 16, 2019 at 7:54 AM
Slapstick Tragedienne Slapstick Tragedienne

Born on this day in 1933 actor and director Zoe Caldwell.

on September 14, 2019 at 12:12 PM
“Market value is irrelevant to intrinsic value” “Market value is irrelevant to intrinsic value”

Born on this day in 1874 composer Arnold Schoenberg.

on September 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM
And Carthage flames tomorrow And Carthage flames tomorrow

Born on this day in 1938 mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos.

on September 12, 2019 at 9:51 AM
Learning scales will never seem so sweet again Learning scales will never seem so sweet again

Born on this day in 1899 West End, Broadway and film crooner Georges Metaxa.

on September 11, 2019 at 8:04 AM
Paris original Paris original

Born on this day in 1890 fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

on September 10, 2019 at 9:49 AM
“We are asleep until we fall in love!” “We are asleep until we fall in love!”

Born on this day in 1828 writer Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy.

on September 09, 2019 at 10:17 AM
Crazy Crazy

Born on this day in 1932 singer Patsy Cline.

on September 08, 2019 at 11:05 AM
Shout it out loud Shout it out loud

Born on this day in 1937 big-voiced comic actress Joanne Worley.

on September 06, 2019 at 11:25 AM
Tweet dreams Tweet dreams

Happy 59th birthday soprano Karita Mattila.

on September 05, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Pape Idol Pape Idol

Happy 55th birthday bass René Pape.

on September 04, 2019 at 10:26 AM
Grande dame Grande dame

Born on this day in 1910 singer, actress and arts administrator Kitty Carlisle Hart.

on September 03, 2019 at 10:46 AM
“Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration” “Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration”

Happy Labor Day / Labour Day US and Canadian parterrians!

on September 02, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Song of passion Song of passion

Happy 78th birthday soprano Julia Varady.

on September 01, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Quel jour radieux! Quel jour radieux!

On this day 190 years ago, Rossini’s Guillaume Tell premiered in Paris.

on August 31, 2019 at 10:29 AM
Every little thing she does is magic Every little thing she does is magic

Born on this day in 1922 operatic polymath Regina Resnik.

on August 30, 2019 at 7:50 AM
“No great inner event befalls those who summon it not” “No great inner event befalls those who summon it not”

Born on this day in 1862 playwright Maurice Maeterlinck.

on August 29, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Way down upon the Swan Knight river Way down upon the Swan Knight river

On this day in 1850 Wagner’s Lohengrin premiered at the Staatskapelle Weimar.

on August 28, 2019 at 10:19 AM
Fire down below Fire down below

Happy 70th birthday Canadian pop singer Irish mezzo-soprano Ann Murray.

on August 27, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“Ladies there is no neutral position for us to assume” “Ladies there is no neutral position for us to assume”

On this day 1920 in the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was declared in effect.

on August 26, 2019 at 8:00 AM
By Lenny means necessary By Lenny means necessary

Born on this day in 1918 composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

on August 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM
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