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.


Why is the sequel never the equal? Why is the sequel never the equal?

Born on this day in 1935 actress Barbara Harris.

on July 25, 2021 at 11:15 AM
O caresses de flamme! O caresses de flamme!

Happy 61st birthday mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

on July 23, 2021 at 12:46 PM
It’s either for fun or it’s for money It’s either for fun or it’s for money

Happy 83rd birthday actor Terence Stamp.

on July 22, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Oh that does suit madam Oh that does suit madam

Born on this day in 1922 actress Mollie Sugden.

on July 21, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Your mother should know Your mother should know

Born on this day in 1938 actress Diana Rigg.

on July 20, 2021 at 8:22 AM
Start my heart singing Start my heart singing

Born on this day in 1935 songstress Diahann Carroll.

on July 17, 2021 at 8:18 AM
“Career is too pompous a word” “Career is too pompous a word”

Born on this day in 1907 actress Barbara Stanwyck.

on July 16, 2021 at 8:03 AM
The medley lingers on The medley lingers on

Happy 42nd birthday to Broadway’s Laura Benanti.

on July 15, 2021 at 6:14 AM
L’étendard sanglant est levé L’étendard sanglant est levé

Happy Bastille Day!

on July 14, 2021 at 6:22 AM
Ask me how do I feel Ask me how do I feel

Happy 46nd birthday actor and singer-songwriter Cheyenne Jackson.

on July 12, 2021 at 8:43 AM
Keep that breathless charm Keep that breathless charm

Born on this day in 1931 actor Tab Hunter.

on July 11, 2021 at 6:35 AM
Hear her, what a song Hear her, what a song

Born on this day 99 years ago “Miss Show Business” Judy Garland.

on July 10, 2021 at 8:31 AM
Park and recreation Park and recreation

On this day in 1972 soprano Lucine Amara headlined the Met’s concert performance of Tosca in Van Cortlandt Park.

on July 09, 2021 at 3:49 AM
Alone time Alone time

Born on this day in 1912 soprano Christel Goltz.

on July 08, 2021 at 1:40 AM
Hit me with your best Szot Hit me with your best Szot

Happy 52nd birthday to baritone Paulo Szot.

on July 07, 2021 at 4:19 AM
Meet my sweetie now Meet my sweetie now

Born on this day in 1927 actress Janet Leigh.

on July 06, 2021 at 6:59 AM
As good as it gets As good as it gets

Born on this day in 1936 actress Shirley Knight.

on July 05, 2021 at 4:08 AM
Decline and fall Decline and fall

Born on this day in 1898 actress, singer and dancer Gertrude Lawrence.

on July 04, 2021 at 4:02 AM
Love is the answer Love is the answer

Happy 51st birthday to triple (at least!) threat Audra McDonald.

on July 03, 2021 at 2:33 AM
Good as hell Good as hell

Born on this day in 1714 composer Christoph Willibald von Gluck.

on July 02, 2021 at 8:00 AM
“Playing bad girls is a bore” “Playing bad girls is a bore”

Born on this day in 1916 actress Olivia de Havilland.

on July 01, 2021 at 1:15 AM
“I like it when I strut” “I like it when I strut”

Happy 64th birthday actress Delta Burke.

on June 30, 2021 at 10:50 AM
Clang clang Clang clang

On this day in 1954 dancer and actress Shirley MacLaine emerged from the chorus of The Pajama Game and jumped in for an ailing Carol Haney.

on June 29, 2021 at 11:13 AM
The little wooden boy The little wooden boy

Happy 95th birthday to director, librettist, composer and funnyman Mel Brooks.

on June 28, 2021 at 8:00 AM
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