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 don’t want to be a star” “I don’t want to be a star”

Born on this day in 1909 actress and chanteuse Vivian Vance.

on July 26, 2020 at 9:34 AM
Some other spring Some other spring

Born on this day in 1894 soprano Yvonne Printemps.

on July 25, 2020 at 9:41 AM
This f***ing lady This f***ing lady

Born on this day in 1913 actress Coral Browne.

on July 23, 2020 at 9:45 AM
Go into your dance Go into your dance

On this day in 1943, the musical film Stormy Weather premiered in New York City.

on July 21, 2020 at 9:02 AM
You’re gonna hear from me You’re gonna hear from me

Born on this day in 1938 actress Natalie Wood.

on July 20, 2020 at 10:54 AM
O singer, if thou canst not dream O singer, if thou canst not dream

Born on this day in 1868 soprano Florence Foster Jenkins.

on July 19, 2020 at 9:40 AM
Legit Legit

Happy 41st birthday to Broadway’s Laura Benanti.

on July 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Liberté, redescends des cieux! Liberté, redescends des cieux!

Happy Bastille Day!

on July 14, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Mother, forgive the delay Mother, forgive the delay

On this day in 2010 Broadway musical legends Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch joined the cast of A Little Night Music at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

on July 13, 2020 at 9:44 AM
Daughter of the gods Daughter of the gods

Born on this day in 1895 soprano Kirsten Flagstad.

on July 12, 2020 at 11:24 AM
Double up Double up

Born on this day in 1925 soprano Mattiwilda Dobbs and tenor Nicolai Gedda.

on July 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Keep it in focus Keep it in focus

Happy 51st birthday tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

on July 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Special stuff Special stuff

On this day in 1930 a cabaret singer named Ethel Merman made her vaudeville debut.

on July 09, 2020 at 9:27 AM
Classical elegance Classical elegance

Born on this day in 1951 actress, director and (erstwhile) model Anjelica Huston.

on July 08, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Seville unrest Seville unrest

Born on this day in 1939 mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova.

on July 07, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Catching the Butterfly Catching the Butterfly

Born on this day in 1910 soprano Dorothy Kirsten.

on July 06, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Tragedy personified” “Tragedy personified”

Born on this day in 1755 actress Sarah Siddons.

on July 05, 2020 at 1:08 PM
Red, white and blue Red, white and blue

Happy Independence Day to all US-based members of the cher public!

on July 04, 2020 at 8:00 AM
With one look With one look

Happy 73rd birthday to Broadway diva Betty Buckley.

on July 03, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Tap roots Tap roots

On this day in 1929 impresario Florenz Ziegfeld presented a youngster named Ruby Keeler in the title role of the Gershwins’ musical Show Girl.

on July 02, 2020 at 8:00 AM
The climax of Mildred’s life The climax of Mildred’s life

Born on this day in 1892 author James M. Cain.

on July 01, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Shirl thing Shirl thing

On this day in 1954, Carol Haney was ill for the matinee performance of The Pajama Game and her understudy Shirley MacLaine went on.

on June 29, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Fatal beauty Fatal beauty

Happy 36th birthday mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili!

on June 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM
La Bellissima La Bellissima

Born on this day in 1932 soprano Anna Moffo.

on June 27, 2020 at 11:45 AM
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