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.


“Paris is always a good idea” “Paris is always a good idea”

Born on this day in 1929 actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn.

on May 04, 2021 at 1:38 AM
An ounce of brandy An ounce of brandy

Born on this day in 1906 actress and author Mary Astor.

on May 03, 2021 at 2:23 AM
“Nobody’s interested in sweetness and light” “Nobody’s interested in sweetness and light”

Born on this day in 1885 columnist and actress Hedda Hopper.

on May 02, 2021 at 1:40 AM
In her golden shell In her golden shell

Born on this day in 1917 actress and singer Danielle Darrieux.

on May 01, 2021 at 2:50 AM
Ça vous caresse avec ivresse Ça vous caresse avec ivresse

Born on this day in 1924 ballerina and actress Zizi Jeanmaire.

on April 29, 2021 at 1:07 AM
“I love audiences” “I love audiences”

Happy 88th birthday to actress, comedian, singer and writer Carol Burnett.

on April 26, 2021 at 1:51 AM
First Lady of Song First Lady of Song

Born on this day in 1917 singer Ella Fitzgerald.

on April 25, 2021 at 3:05 AM
“The safest place is out on a limb” “The safest place is out on a limb”

Happy 87th birthday actress, singer, dancer, author and activist Shirley MacLaine.

on April 24, 2021 at 8:00 AM
“It’s fun and it’s not fun” “It’s fun and it’s not fun”

Born on this day in 1932 designer Halston.

on April 23, 2021 at 8:00 AM
One from the vaults One from the vaults

Happy 86th birthday mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto.

on April 22, 2021 at 8:00 AM
“I am not that sort of woman” “I am not that sort of woman”

Happy 89th birthday actress, comedian, director, and screenwriter Elaine May.

on April 21, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Wild again, beguiled again Wild again, beguiled again

Born on this day in 1897 soprano Vivienne Segal, whose remarkable Broadway résumé included starring roles in the Ziegfeld Follies, The Desert Song, The Three Musketeers, The Chocolate Soldier, I Married an Angel, Pal Joey and A Connecticut Yankee.

on April 19, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Miss Ice Glacier Miss Ice Glacier

Born on this day in 1919 comedienne and songstress Virginia O’Brien.

on April 18, 2021 at 3:49 AM
Renegade princess Renegade princess

Born on this day in 1912 soprano Marta Eggerth.

on April 17, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Fairy Godmother Fairy Godmother

Born on this day in 1927 comedienne, actress and singer Edie Adams.

on April 16, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Somebody’s angel child Somebody’s angel child

Born on this day in 1894 Empress of the Blues Bessie Smith.

on April 15, 2021 at 8:00 AM
“I never will have peace of mind” “I never will have peace of mind”

Happy 81st birthday actress Julie Christie.

on April 14, 2021 at 8:00 AM
I’m a diva, hey I’m a diva, hey

Happy Diva Day 2!

on April 13, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Divas need love too Divas need love too

Happy Diva Day!

on April 12, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Greece is the word Greece is the word

On this day in 1967 actress Melina Mercouri brushed up her song and dance skills to open Illya Darling, a musical version of Never on Sunday. The show ran 319 performances at the Mark Hellinger Theatre.

on April 11, 2021 at 12:14 PM
Kiss me and kill me Kiss me and kill me

Born on this day in 1923 actress and singer Jane Kean.

on April 10, 2021 at 8:00 AM
From an unknown woman From an unknown woman

On this day in 1992 soprano Deborah Polaski made her Met debut as Kundry.

on April 09, 2021 at 9:03 AM
Hush now, don’t explain Hush now, don’t explain

Born on this day in 1915 singer, songwriter and actress Billie Holiday.

on April 07, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Sens and sensibility Sens and sensibility

Born on this day in 1900 soprano Gina Cigna.

on April 06, 2021 at 8:00 AM
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