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.


“I will never fail” “I will never fail”

Born on this day in 1908 actress, dancer and singer Lupe Vélez.

on July 18, 2022 at 8:00 AM
I want your sax I want your sax

Born on this day in 1917 actress, comedian and voice artist Phyllis Diller.

on July 17, 2022 at 10:40 AM
Humming a different tune Humming a different tune

Born on this day in 1911 triple threat (at least) Ginger Rogers.

on July 16, 2022 at 7:12 AM
Gee but it’s nice to see you again Gee but it’s nice to see you again

Happy 76th birthday to singer and songwriter Linda Ronstadt.

on July 15, 2022 at 7:52 AM
He’ll look at me and smile He’ll look at me and smile

Born on this day in 1930 actress and singer Polly Bergen.

on July 14, 2022 at 7:00 AM
Mother, forgive the delay Mother, forgive the delay

On this day in 2010 Rialto divas Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch went into a revival of A Little Night Music at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

on July 13, 2022 at 8:36 AM
Star-surrounded, high above Star-surrounded, high above

Born on this day in 1895 soprano Kirsten Flagstad.

on July 12, 2022 at 8:24 AM
“People believe what they want to believe” “People believe what they want to believe”

Born on this day in 1931 actor Tab Hunter.

on July 11, 2022 at 4:32 AM
Tears of a clown Tears of a clown

Happy 53rd birthday tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

on July 10, 2022 at 8:50 AM
“Forever is a very long time” “Forever is a very long time”

Born on this day in 1901 authoress Barbara Cartland.

on July 09, 2022 at 8:13 AM
“Beautiful things comfort” “Beautiful things comfort”

Happy 71st birthday actress, director and producer Anjelica Huston.

on July 08, 2022 at 6:36 AM
“I was a stage-struck kid” “I was a stage-struck kid”

Born on this day in 1899 film director George Cukor.

on July 07, 2022 at 4:27 AM
Serenade Serenade

Born on this day in 1931 chanteuse and actress Della Reese.

on July 06, 2022 at 6:08 AM
Learning to be human Learning to be human

Born on this day in 1936 actress Shirley Knight.

on July 05, 2022 at 12:52 AM
My epiglottis filled him with glee My epiglottis filled him with glee

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

on July 04, 2022 at 4:20 AM
“Riches, the dumb god” “Riches, the dumb god”

On this day in 1964, the legendary Bert Lahr opened in a new musical, Foxy, which sadly ran only 72 performances.

on July 02, 2022 at 3:07 AM
Troubles fly away Troubles fly away

Born on this day in 1917 actress Susan Hayward.

on June 30, 2022 at 1:55 AM
“I’m usually told how happy I am” “I’m usually told how happy I am”

On this day in 1956 actress Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller.

on June 29, 2022 at 2:46 AM
“I was never an ingenue” “I was never an ingenue”

Happy 74th birthday to actress and occasional songstress Kathy Bates.

on June 28, 2022 at 8:00 AM
La Bellissima La Bellissima

Born on this day in 1932 soprano Anna Moffo.

on June 27, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Horse whisperer Horse whisperer

Born on this day in 1922 actress Eleanor Parker.

on June 26, 2022 at 2:00 AM
“Opera is big and scary” “Opera is big and scary”

Happy 82nd birthday to soprano and actress Mary Beth Peil.

on June 25, 2022 at 8:00 AM
She’s way ahead She’s way ahead

Happy 80th birthday actress and singer Michele Lee.

on June 24, 2022 at 1:52 PM
Of dreamless ease fled she Of dreamless ease fled she

Born on this day in 1916 actress Irene Worth.

on June 23, 2022 at 8:00 AM
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