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.


Drama queen Drama queen

Born on this day in 1927 soprano Régine Crespin.

on February 23, 2022 at 4:42 AM
“Loneliness is a heavy burden” “Loneliness is a heavy burden”

Born on this day in 1921 actress Giulietta Masina.

on February 22, 2022 at 1:22 AM
I couldn’t aspire to anything higher I couldn’t aspire to anything higher

Born on this day in 1934 actress Rue McClanahan.

on February 21, 2022 at 5:29 AM
Guess who I saw today Guess who I saw today

Born on this day in 1937 singer and actress Nancy Wilson.

on February 20, 2022 at 1:54 AM
Queenie Queenie

Born on this day in 1911 actress Merle Oberon.

on February 19, 2022 at 3:16 AM
Poetess Poetess

Born on this day in 1926 mezzo-soprano Rita Gorr.

on February 18, 2022 at 7:03 AM
“Hello, possums!” “Hello, possums!”

Happy 88th birthday to comedian Barry (“Dame Edna”) Humphries.

on February 17, 2022 at 8:08 AM
Happy Go Lovely Happy Go Lovely

Born on this day in 1921 dancer Vera-Ellen.

on February 16, 2022 at 7:30 AM
Music doesn’t argue, discuss, or quarrel Music doesn’t argue, discuss, or quarrel

Born on this day in 1905 composer Harold Arlen.

on February 15, 2022 at 11:18 AM
I have designed flower women I have designed flower women

On this day in 1947 Christian Dior unveiled the “New Look.”

on February 12, 2022 at 4:00 AM
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
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