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 first chapter sells the book” “The first chapter sells the book”

Born on this day in 1918 “hard-boiled” crime novelist Mickey Spillane.

on March 09, 2022 at 2:17 AM
Beautiful dynamite Beautiful dynamite

Born on this say in 1922 actress and dancer Cyd Charisse.

on March 08, 2022 at 11:22 AM
Swing! Dig the rhythm! Swing! Dig the rhythm!

Born on this day in 1959 Broadway diva Donna Murphy.

on March 07, 2022 at 10:55 AM
“Opera is for a lifetime” “Opera is for a lifetime”

Happy 78th birthday soprano Kiri Te Kanawa.

on March 06, 2022 at 1:46 PM
“To scandalize is a right” “To scandalize is a right”

Born on this day in 1922 actor, director, and screenwriter Pier Paolo Pasolini.

on March 05, 2022 at 12:55 PM
All the world over, so easy to see All the world over, so easy to see

Born on this day in 1934 singer and actress Barbara McNair.

on March 04, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Love is blonde Love is blonde

Born on this day in 1911 actress Jean Harlow.

on March 03, 2022 at 8:00 AM
The mighty monarch of all melodramas The mighty monarch of all melodramas

On this day in 1933 the film King Kong premiered simultaneously at Radio City Music Hall and the RKO Roxy.

on March 02, 2022 at 10:10 AM
But the work waits! But the work waits!

On this day in 1979 Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler‘s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opened at the Uris Theatre.

on March 01, 2022 at 10:03 AM
Broadway baby Broadway baby

Born on this day in 1948 actress and singer Bernadette Peters.

on February 28, 2022 at 11:03 AM
Shine on you crazy diamond Shine on you crazy diamond

Born on this day in 1932 actress and humanitarian Dame Elizabeth Taylor.

on February 27, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Incendiary Blonde Incendiary Blonde

Born on this day in 1921 actress, comedian, dancer, and singer Betty Hutton.

on February 26, 2022 at 8:56 AM
One, two, three, kick! One, two, three, kick!

On this day in 1953, Wonderful Town, a collaboration between Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Leonard Bernstein, opened at the Winter Garden Theater. Rosalind Russell starred as aspiring writer Ruth Sherwood.

on February 25, 2022 at 10:05 AM
I can see clearly now I can see clearly now

Happy 88th Birthday soprano, director and teacher Renata Scotto.

on February 24, 2022 at 8:16 AM
Drama queen Drama queen

Born on this day in 1927 soprano Régine Crespin.

on February 23, 2022 at 4:42 AM
“Loneliness is a heavy burden” “Loneliness is a heavy burden”

Born on this day in 1921 actress Giulietta Masina.

on February 22, 2022 at 1:22 AM
I couldn’t aspire to anything higher I couldn’t aspire to anything higher

Born on this day in 1934 actress Rue McClanahan.

on February 21, 2022 at 5:29 AM
Guess who I saw today Guess who I saw today

Born on this day in 1937 singer and actress Nancy Wilson.

on February 20, 2022 at 1:54 AM
Queenie Queenie

Born on this day in 1911 actress Merle Oberon.

on February 19, 2022 at 3:16 AM
Poetess Poetess

Born on this day in 1926 mezzo-soprano Rita Gorr.

on February 18, 2022 at 7:03 AM
“Hello, possums!” “Hello, possums!”

Happy 88th birthday to comedian Barry (“Dame Edna”) Humphries.

on February 17, 2022 at 8:08 AM
Happy Go Lovely Happy Go Lovely

Born on this day in 1921 dancer Vera-Ellen.

on February 16, 2022 at 7:30 AM
Music doesn’t argue, discuss, or quarrel Music doesn’t argue, discuss, or quarrel

Born on this day in 1905 composer Harold Arlen.

on February 15, 2022 at 11:18 AM
I have designed flower women I have designed flower women

On this day in 1947 Christian Dior unveiled the “New Look.”

on February 12, 2022 at 4:00 AM
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