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.


“Pain and danger and fear” “Pain and danger and fear”

Happy 90th birthday to actress Prunella Scales.

on June 22, 2022 at 8:00 AM
“I hated the whole idea of being an actress” “I hated the whole idea of being an actress”

Born on this day in 1921 actress and singer Judy Holliday.

on June 21, 2022 at 2:30 AM
On the make On the make

Born on this day in 1911 actress Gail Patrick.

on June 20, 2022 at 8:00 AM
How high How high

Born on this day in 1912 soprano Virginia MacWatters.

on June 19, 2022 at 11:16 AM
The night is romantic and I am alone The night is romantic and I am alone

Born on this day in 1903 actress and soprano Jeanette MacDonald.

on June 18, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Al fresco Al fresco

On this day in 1967 Barbra Streisand performed A Happening in Central Park.

on June 17, 2022 at 9:17 AM
Song of my homeland Song of my homeland

Born on this day in 1910 actress Ilona Massey.

on June 16, 2022 at 8:00 AM
“Why do people have to love people anyway?” “Why do people have to love people anyway?”

On this day in 1960 the film The Apartment premiered in New York City.

on June 15, 2022 at 9:04 AM
Thousand yard stair Thousand yard stair

On this day the revue New Faces of 1956 opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, featuring an eclectic collection of talent including Maggie Smith, Jane Connell, Tiger Haynes, John Reardon, Bill McCutcheon and Inga Swenson.

on June 14, 2022 at 8:09 AM
I suspect you’re a treasure I suspect you’re a treasure

Born on this day in 1910 comic actress Mary Wickes.

on June 13, 2022 at 6:44 AM
Intention Intention

Born on this day in 1919 handmaiden of Melpomene Uta Hagen.

on June 12, 2022 at 3:45 AM
Sing happy Sing happy

On this day in 1965, LIza Minnelli made her Broadway debut at the age of 19 in Flora, the Red Menace.

on June 11, 2022 at 7:24 AM
Right when I arrive I really come alive Right when I arrive I really come alive

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Miss Show Business.

on June 10, 2022 at 7:00 AM
Yours till I die Yours till I die

Born on this day in 1891 composer Cole Porter.

on June 09, 2022 at 4:30 AM
Nancy with the laughing face Nancy with the laughing face

Happy 82nd birthday singer and actress Nancy Sinatra.

on June 08, 2022 at 6:02 AM
An old-fangled tango An old-fangled tango

Happy 59th birthday tenor Roberto Alagna.

on June 07, 2022 at 2:00 AM
Welcome to the sixties! Welcome to the sixties!

Happy 68th birthday to playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein.

on June 06, 2022 at 4:47 AM
Transcontinental Transcontinental

On this day in 1883, the Orient Express departed on its maiden journey, from Paris to Vienna.

on June 05, 2022 at 1:08 AM
Roz the great and powerful Roz the great and powerful

Born on this day in 1907 actress Rosalind Russell.

on June 04, 2022 at 1:13 AM
Creole goddess Creole goddess

Born on this day in 1906 actress, singer, dancer and Résistance operative Josephine Baker.

on June 03, 2022 at 3:15 AM
Back to life, back to sense Back to life, back to sense

Happy 72nd birthday actress and singer Joanna Gleason.

on June 02, 2022 at 1:38 AM
She certainly can can-can She certainly can can-can

Born on this day in 1926 actress Marilyn Monroe.

on June 01, 2022 at 2:15 AM
The wanton contessa The wanton contessa

Born on this day in 1921 actress Alida Valli.

on May 31, 2022 at 2:20 AM
We went as we were We went as we were

Born on this day in 1894 actress and singer Beatrice Lillie.

on May 29, 2022 at 1:52 AM
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