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.


Learning to be human Learning to be human

Born on this day in 1936 actress Shirley Knight.

on July 05, 2022 at 12:52 AM
My epiglottis filled him with glee My epiglottis filled him with glee

Born on this day in 1898, vastly talented actress and singer Gertrude Lawrence.

on July 04, 2022 at 4:20 AM
“Riches, the dumb god” “Riches, the dumb god”

On this day in 1964, the legendary Bert Lahr opened in a new musical, Foxy, which sadly ran only 72 performances.

on July 02, 2022 at 3:07 AM
Troubles fly away Troubles fly away

Born on this day in 1917 actress Susan Hayward.

on June 30, 2022 at 1:55 AM
“I’m usually told how happy I am” “I’m usually told how happy I am”

On this day in 1956 actress Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller.

on June 29, 2022 at 2:46 AM
“I was never an ingenue” “I was never an ingenue”

Happy 74th birthday to actress and occasional songstress Kathy Bates.

on June 28, 2022 at 8:00 AM
La Bellissima La Bellissima

Born on this day in 1932 soprano Anna Moffo.

on June 27, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Horse whisperer Horse whisperer

Born on this day in 1922 actress Eleanor Parker.

on June 26, 2022 at 2:00 AM
“Opera is big and scary” “Opera is big and scary”

Happy 82nd birthday to soprano and actress Mary Beth Peil.

on June 25, 2022 at 8:00 AM
She’s way ahead She’s way ahead

Happy 80th birthday actress and singer Michele Lee.

on June 24, 2022 at 1:52 PM
Of dreamless ease fled she Of dreamless ease fled she

Born on this day in 1916 actress Irene Worth.

on June 23, 2022 at 8:00 AM
“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
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