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.


The clear light The clear light

Born on this day in 1925 theatre and opera director John Dexter.

on August 02, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“Fashion comes and goes, but style is eternal” “Fashion comes and goes, but style is eternal”

Born on this day in 1936 designer Yves Saint-Laurent.

on August 01, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Summer nights Summer nights

On this day in 1967 Judy Garland arrived At Home at the Palace for a four week engagement at the famed Broadway theater.

on July 31, 2019 at 8:00 AM
She burned too bright for this world She burned too bright for this world

Born on this day in 1818 writer Emily Bronte.

on July 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Touch me in the morning Touch me in the morning

Happy 62nd birthday soprano Alessandra Marc.

on July 29, 2019 at 9:43 AM
Old-Fashioned Wedding Old-Fashioned Wedding

On this day in 1964, Broadway diva Ethel Merman divorced academy Academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine.

on July 28, 2019 at 8:38 AM
“Everything was believed except the truth” “Everything was believed except the truth”

Born on this day in 1824 dramatist Alexandre Dumas, fils.

on July 27, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Me and my shadow Me and my shadow

Born on this day in 1875 psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung.

on July 26, 2019 at 8:00 AM
C’est la saison d’amour C’est la saison d’amour

Born on this day in 1894 soprano Yvonne Printemps.

on July 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“Life’s too short. I’m not!” “Life’s too short. I’m not!”

Happy 50th birthday singer and songstress Kristin Chenoweth.

on July 24, 2019 at 8:30 AM
Rare bird Rare bird

Happy 47th birthday soprano Anja Harteros.

on July 23, 2019 at 8:43 AM
Mother of Exiles Mother of Exiles

Born on this day in 1849 poet Emma Lazarus.

on July 22, 2019 at 8:35 AM
Cold as ice Cold as ice

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

on July 21, 2019 at 11:18 AM
“I think women of my age are still attractive” “I think women of my age are still attractive”

Happy 81st birthday actress Diana Rigg.

on July 20, 2019 at 10:55 AM
No one can ever say I didn’t sing No one can ever say I didn’t sing

Born on this day in 1868 soprano Florence Foster Jenkins.

on July 19, 2019 at 9:34 AM
L’oiseau d’or L’oiseau d’or

Born on this day in 1821 mezzo-soprano, pedagogue and composer Pauline Viardot.

on July 18, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Wheeling: Summer of 1914 Wheeling: Summer of 1914

Born on this day in 1914 soprano Eleanor Steber.

on July 17, 2019 at 8:34 AM
“Rhythm is born in all of us” “Rhythm is born in all of us”

Born on this day in 1911 actress, dancer and singer Ginger Rogers.

on July 16, 2019 at 8:19 AM
Flower girl Flower girl

Happy 40th birthday to Broadway’s Laura Benanti.

on July 15, 2019 at 8:50 AM
Leading the people Leading the people

Happy Bastille Day!

on July 14, 2019 at 9:50 AM
Primavera Primavera

Born on this day in 1924 tenor Carlo Bergonzi.

on July 13, 2019 at 11:31 AM
Overnight sensation Overnight sensation

Born on this day in 1895 soprano Kirsten Flagstad.

on July 12, 2019 at 9:17 AM
Clean cut Clean cut

Born on this day in 1931 actor and crooner Tab Hunter.

on July 11, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Golden boy Golden boy

Happy 50th birthday tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

on July 10, 2019 at 10:15 AM
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