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.


“A Teutonic Zaza” “A Teutonic Zaza”

On this day in 1928 the American premiere of Richard Strauss‘s Die Ägyptische Helena at the Metropolitan Opera, with Maria Jeritza typecast as the most beautiful woman in the world.

on November 06, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Portrait of a lady Portrait of a lady

Born on this day in 1913 actress Vivien Leigh.

on November 05, 2020 at 8:00 AM
La Parisienne La Parisienne

Born on this day in 1881 singer and actress Gaby Deslys.

on November 04, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Come closer and listen Come closer and listen

Happy 72nd birthday to songstress Lulu.

on November 03, 2020 at 8:00 AM
The front page The front page

On this day in 2005 mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato made her Met debut as Cherubino.

on November 02, 2020 at 2:58 PM
Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween!

“Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become Paul Lynde when the wolfbane blooms and the moon is full and bright.”

on October 31, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Several explosions of incandescent gas Several explosions of incandescent gas

On this day in 1938, Orson Welles directed and narrated a radio adaptation of War of the Worlds.

on October 30, 2020 at 3:23 PM
Room at the top Room at the top

Happy 93rd birthday songstress Cleo Laine.

on October 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM
That element of electric excitement That element of electric excitement

On this day in 1959 mezzo-soprano Giulietta Simionato made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Azucena.

on October 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Will wonders never cease? Will wonders never cease?

Born on this day in 1927 Broadway and cabaret legend Barbara Cook.

on October 25, 2020 at 2:59 PM
I turned when evening shadows fall I turned when evening shadows fall

Happy 41st birthday to visionary Yuval Sharon.

on October 24, 2020 at 3:00 AM
Jazz baby Jazz baby

Born on this day in 1931 actress Diana Dors.

on October 23, 2020 at 11:58 AM
“Le trac, cela vient avec le talent” “Le trac, cela vient avec le talent”

Born on this day in 1844 actress supreme Sarah Bernhardt.

on October 22, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Farewell the tranquil mind Farewell the tranquil mind

On this day in 1943 Paul Robeson opened in the title role of Othello at the Shubert Theatre opposite Uta Hagen and José Ferrer. The revival ran 296 performances.

on October 19, 2020 at 8:55 AM
I don’t count sheep. I count lovers. I don’t count sheep. I count lovers.

Born on this day in 1902 actress Miriam Hopkins.

on October 18, 2020 at 11:36 AM
Loaf story Loaf story

On this day in 1951 I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz debuted on CBS.

on October 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM
The First Lady of American Cinema The First Lady of American Cinema

Born on this day in 1893 actress Lillian Gish.

on October 14, 2020 at 11:23 AM
Truth or illusion Truth or illusion

On this day in 1962 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened at the Billy Rose Theatre, to run 664 performances.

on October 13, 2020 at 11:36 AM
Big Big

Born on this day in 1935 tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

on October 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Bear necessities Bear necessities

On this day in 1958 Don Ameche and Elaine Stritch opened on Broadway in the musical Goldilocks.

on October 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Behind the mask Behind the mask

Born on this day in 1813 composer Giuseppe Verdi. Born on this day in 1924 soprano Leyla Gencer.

on October 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Sunny side Sunny side

On this day in 1979, the musical revue Sugar Babies opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, to run 1,208 performances.

on October 08, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Say it with feet, gladly Say it with feet, gladly

Born on this day in 1917 actress and dancer June Allyson.

on October 07, 2020 at 10:09 AM
Make this a night for love Make this a night for love

On this day in 1963 Barbra Streisand guest starred on The Judy Garland Show.

on October 06, 2020 at 8:00 AM
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