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.


Party animal Party animal

Born on this day in 1929 baritone Eberhard Waechter.

on July 09, 2019 at 11:28 AM

>Born on this day in 1912 soprano Christel Goltz.

on July 08, 2019 at 10:08 AM
“Real talent is a mystery” “Real talent is a mystery”

Born on this day in 1899 film director and producer George Cukor.

on July 07, 2019 at 10:54 AM
Art and entertainment Art and entertainment

Born on this day in 1917, 1915 or, most likely, 1910, soprano Dorothy Kirsten.

on July 06, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Drama queen Drama queen

Born on this day in 1889 writer, filmmaker and designer Jean Cocteau.

on July 05, 2019 at 10:15 AM
We must all hang together We must all hang together

Happy Independence Day All U.S. Parterrians!

on July 04, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Stuck in the middle With you Stuck in the middle With you

Happy 80th birthday mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender.

on July 03, 2019 at 10:31 AM
Reform school Reform school

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

on July 02, 2019 at 10:12 AM
Coming out Coming out

On this day in 1933 Richard Strauss’ Arabella premiered in Dresden.

on July 01, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Hoops to swell her Pride Hoops to swell her Pride

Born on this day in 1685 playwright and librettist John Gay.

on June 30, 2019 at 10:50 AM
Out of the pastiche Out of the pastiche

Born on this day in 1911 composer Bernard Herrmann.

on June 29, 2019 at 9:26 AM
Let’s talk about sax Let’s talk about sax

Born on this day in 1902 composer Richard Rodgers.

on June 28, 2019 at 10:23 AM
Love me, baby, love me! Love me, baby, love me!

Born on this day in 1932 soprano Anna Moffo.

on June 27, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Swing time Swing time

On this day in 1911, The Ziegfeld Follies opened at the rooftop Jardin de Paris.

on June 26, 2019 at 10:19 AM
Better watch Ott Better watch Ott

Happy birthday baritone Jarrett Ott!

on June 25, 2019 at 10:34 AM
Have garret, will travel Have garret, will travel

On this day in 1967 the Metropolitan Opera presented its first Met in the Parks performance in Crocheron Park, Bayside, Queens.

on June 24, 2019 at 8:28 AM
“Don’t dance for the audience, dance for yourself” “Don’t dance for the audience, dance for yourself”

Born on this day in 1927 director-choreographer Bob Fosse.

on June 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you” “If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you”

Born on this day in 1906 filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist Billy Wilder.

on June 22, 2019 at 11:30 AM
“Lovers have a right to betray you… friends don’t” “Lovers have a right to betray you… friends don’t”

Born on this day in 1921 Oscar and Tony winning actress Judy Holliday.

on June 21, 2019 at 1:47 PM
Summer madness Summer madness

On this day in 1967, the Metropolitan Opera presented La Gioconda as part of Lincoln Center’s Festival ’67.

on June 20, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Ultramontane Ultramontane

Born on this day 1854 composer Alfredo Catalani.

on June 19, 2019 at 11:48 AM
Burning down the house Burning down the house

Happy 76th birthday soprano Eva Marton.

on June 18, 2019 at 10:36 AM
Divine redeemer Divine redeemer

Born on this day in 1818 composer Charles-François Gounod.

on June 17, 2019 at 8:00 AM
St. Louis woman St. Louis woman

Born on this day in 1899 dramatic soprano Helen Traubel.

on June 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM
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