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.


“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
“We are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race” “We are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race”

Born on this day in 1945 gay liberation and AIDS activist, drag queen and transgender pioneer Marsha P. Johnson.

on August 24, 2019 at 11:17 AM
Frankly forty Frankly forty

Like an echo from the caves of Coccamaura, film, drag and cabaret legend Charles Busch came forth whilst Deirdre wept cool tears.

on August 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“I no longer limit myself” “I no longer limit myself”

Born on this day in 1862 composer Claude Debussy and in 1928 composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.

on August 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM
She knows a naughty fellow She knows a naughty fellow

Happy 86th birthday mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker.

on August 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“I don’t think any novelist should be concerned with literature” “I don’t think any novelist should be concerned with literature”

Born on this day in 1918 (not that she’d admit it) author and actress Jacqueline Susann.

on August 20, 2019 at 11:19 AM
Classy and fabulous Classy and fabulous

Born on this day in 1883 designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

on August 19, 2019 at 10:56 AM

Born on this day in 1904 maquillage mogul Max Factor Jr.

on August 18, 2019 at 4:21 PM
Paradise comes suddenly near Paradise comes suddenly near

Born on this day in 1920 actress Maureen O’Hara.

on August 17, 2019 at 9:26 AM
First Lady First Lady

Born on this day in 1879 actress Ethel Barrymore.

on August 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Untarnished silver Untarnished silver

Happy 71st birthday soprano Kathleen Battle.

on August 13, 2019 at 8:23 AM
Extension cords Extension cords

Born on this day in 1938 wide-ranging mezzo-soprano Huguette Tourangeau.

on August 12, 2019 at 12:25 PM
Debutante Debutante

Happy 67th birthday soprano Ashley Putnam.

on August 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Sing for your supper Sing for your supper

On this day in 1930 Betty Boop made her film debut in Max Fleischer’s cartoon Dizzy Dishes.

on August 09, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Il divo Il divo

Born on this day in 1755 castrato and composer Luigi Marchesi.

on August 08, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“Thou seest, the heavens, as troubled with man’s act, threaten his bloody stage” “Thou seest, the heavens, as troubled with man’s act, threaten his bloody stage”

It is speculated that on this day in 1607 William Shakespeare’s Macbeth was first performed.

on August 07, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Bring on the beautiful girls Bring on the beautiful girls

Born on this day in 1911 actress and producer Lucille Ball.

on August 06, 2019 at 8:00 AM
A world of wandering A world of wandering

Born on this day in 1890 conductor Erich Kleiber.

on August 05, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Ariadne Inc. Ariadne Inc.

Happy 59th birthday soprano Deborah Voigt.

on August 04, 2019 at 11:13 AM
Such stuff as dreams are made on Such stuff as dreams are made on

Happy 59th birthday baritone Simon Keenlyside.

on August 03, 2019 at 8:00 AM
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