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.


It’s Time for Tina It’s Time for Tina

Happy 88th birthday to actress and singer Tina Louise.

on February 11, 2022 at 3:24 PM
Long live the Queen! Long live the Queen!

Happy 95th birthday soprano Leontyne Price.

on February 10, 2022 at 12:00 AM
“I say money, money, money, and I say hot dog!” “I say money, money, money, and I say hot dog!”

Born on this day in 1909 actress, singer, and dancer Carmen Miranda.

on February 09, 2022 at 4:39 PM
Woman’s work is never done Woman’s work is never done

Born on this day in 1922 actress Audrey Meadows.

on February 08, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Say yes Say yes

Born on this day in 1923 actress Dora Bryan.

on February 07, 2022 at 8:00 AM
After all, she was only a woman After all, she was only a woman

Born on this day circa 1917 actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor.

on February 06, 2022 at 12:22 PM
What’s the matter with me? What’s the matter with me?

Born on this day in 1918 actress and director Ida Lupino.

on February 04, 2022 at 10:25 AM
“I am not a sad clown” “I am not a sad clown”

Born on this day in 1956 actor Nathan Lane.

on February 03, 2022 at 11:08 AM
I was reading Schopenhauer last night I was reading Schopenhauer last night

Born on this day in 1925 actress and singer Elaine Stritch.

on February 02, 2022 at 10:20 AM
Miss Sold Out Miss Sold Out

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of soprano Renata Tebaldi.

on February 01, 2022 at 10:07 AM
Celebrity of the Year Celebrity of the Year

Born on this day actresses Carol Channing (1921) and Tallulah Bankhead (1902).

on January 31, 2022 at 10:25 AM
“Theater helps people keep sane” “Theater helps people keep sane”

Happy 85th birthday to actress and activist Dame Vanessa Redgrave.

on January 30, 2022 at 9:27 AM
Charity is in love Charity is in love

On this day in 1966 the musical Sweet Charity opened at the Palace Theatre, with Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse collaborating.

on January 29, 2022 at 10:44 AM
“Hope costs nothing” “Hope costs nothing”

Born on this day in 1873 author and woman of letters Colette.

on January 28, 2022 at 8:26 AM
It begins tonight It begins tonight

On this day in 1961: the historic Metropolitan Opera debuts of Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli in Verdi’s Il trovatore.

on January 27, 2022 at 7:44 AM
Plenty of security Plenty of security

Born on this day in 1923 actress and singer Anne Jeffreys.

on January 26, 2022 at 8:50 AM
We are family We are family

Premiered on this day in 1909 Richard Strauss‘s Elektra.

on January 25, 2022 at 9:34 AM
Madwoman Madwoman

Born on this day in 1883 actress Estelle Winwood.

on January 24, 2022 at 8:56 AM
“I do like to win” “I do like to win”

Happy 89th birthday to Broadway singer-dancer supreme Chita Rivera.

on January 23, 2022 at 9:54 AM
Grande dame Grande dame

Born on this day in 1878 actress and acting coach Constance Collier.

on January 22, 2022 at 8:34 AM
One of a kind One of a kind

Born on this day in 1926 bodybuilder and actor Steve Reeves.

on January 21, 2022 at 2:02 AM
“I think I was born stubborn” “I think I was born stubborn”

Born on this day in 1926 actress Patricia Neal.

on January 20, 2022 at 7:43 AM
O mother, where art thou? O mother, where art thou?

On this day in 1853 Verdi’s Il trovatore premiered in Rome.

on January 19, 2022 at 3:12 AM
I’m like a bird I’m like a bird

Happy 91st birthday actress Tippi Hedren.

on January 18, 2022 at 2:35 AM
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