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.


I love having written I love having written

Born on this day in 1893 poet, short story writer, critic, and satirist Dorothy Parker.

on August 22, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Literally and figuratively Literally and figuratively

Born on this day in 1918 author and actress Jacqueline Susann.

on August 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Elegance is refusal Elegance is refusal

Born on this day in 1883 designer Coco Chanel.

on August 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Old school Old school

Born on this day in 1750 composer Antonio Salieri.

on August 18, 2020 at 9:49 AM
“I’ve been in more laps than a napkin” “I’ve been in more laps than a napkin”

Born on this day in 1893 actress, playwright and screenwriter Mae West.

on August 17, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Sexagenarian Sexagenarian

Happy 62nd birthday Madonna.

on August 16, 2020 at 11:03 AM
It was a magical night It was a magical night

Born on this day in 1923 actress and singer Alice Ghostley.

on August 14, 2020 at 8:00 AM
A woman under the influence A woman under the influence

Born this day in 1899 director and producer Alfred Hitchcock.

on August 13, 2020 at 10:24 AM
They took the idols and smashed them They took the idols and smashed them

On this day in 1950, the film Sunset Blvd. opened at Radio City Music Hall.

on August 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Perhaps the great loves come with tears Perhaps the great loves come with tears

Born on this day in 1902 actress Norma Shearer.

on August 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Unless you are a cheese Unless you are a cheese

Born on this day in 1884 actress and singer Billie Burke.

on August 07, 2020 at 8:00 AM
A mighty woman with a torch A mighty woman with a torch

On this day in 1884 the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe’s Island.

on August 05, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Call me Debbie Call me Debbie

Happy 60th birthday soprano Deborah Voigt.

on August 04, 2020 at 8:19 AM
“Sing your age” “Sing your age”

Happy 61st birthday baritone Simon Keenlyside.

on August 03, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Transcendental Transcendental

Happy 83rd birthday soprano Gundula Janowitz.

on August 02, 2020 at 9:18 AM
Extra added attraction Extra added attraction

On this day in 1963, Barbra Streisand sang at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas… opening for Liberace.

on July 30, 2020 at 10:23 AM
So tears run to a predestined end So tears run to a predestined end

Born on this day in 1876 actress and pedagogue Maria Ouspenskaya.

on July 29, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Concerto macabre Concerto macabre

Born on this day in 1913 actor Laird Cregar.

on July 28, 2020 at 9:52 AM
Eighty carrots Eighty carrots

On this day in 1940 Bugs Bunny made his film debut A Wild Hare, directed by Tex Avery.

on July 27, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“I don’t want to be a star” “I don’t want to be a star”

Born on this day in 1909 actress and chanteuse Vivian Vance.

on July 26, 2020 at 9:34 AM
Some other spring Some other spring

Born on this day in 1894 soprano Yvonne Printemps.

on July 25, 2020 at 9:41 AM
This f***ing lady This f***ing lady

Born on this day in 1913 actress Coral Browne.

on July 23, 2020 at 9:45 AM
Go into your dance Go into your dance

On this day in 1943, the musical film Stormy Weather premiered in New York City.

on July 21, 2020 at 9:02 AM
You’re gonna hear from me You’re gonna hear from me

Born on this day in 1938 actress Natalie Wood.

on July 20, 2020 at 10:54 AM
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