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.

Cell by date Cell by date

On this day in 1536 Anne Boleyn was arrested and taken to the Tower of London.

on May 02, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Musical chairs Musical chairs

On this day in 1786 Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro premiered in Wien.

on May 01, 2015 at 7:07 AM
Bayou and sell you Bayou and sell you

On this day in 1803 the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.

on April 30, 2015 at 8:51 AM
The girl in pink tights The girl in pink tights

Happy 90th birthday to French ballerina and actress Zizi Jeanmaire.

on April 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM
A kid again A kid again

On this day in 1965 Barbra Streisand starred in the My Name is Barbra special on CBS.

on April 28, 2015 at 11:48 AM
It’s hard to be a diva It’s hard to be a diva

On this day in 1989 the musical Starmites opened at the Criterion Theater in New York for 60 performances.

on April 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Anatomy is destiny Anatomy is destiny

On this day in 1886 Sigmund Freud opened his practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna.

on April 25, 2015 at 10:29 AM
Present danger Present danger

On this day in 1184 BC (according to tradition) the Greeks entered Troy using the Trojan Horse.

on April 24, 2015 at 11:06 AM
And it was grand just to stand And it was grand just to stand

On this day in 1961, Judy Garland sang a legendary concert at Carnegie Hall that has been called “the greatest night in show business history.”

on April 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita

Happy 80th birthday mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto!

on April 22, 2015 at 9:38 AM
Lupa always liked you best Lupa always liked you best

On this day in 753 BC, according to tradition, Romulus and Remus founded Rome.

on April 21, 2015 at 8:24 AM
Fog and filthy air Fog and filthy air

On this day in 1611: the first documented performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre.

on April 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Exactly what it says on the tin Exactly what it says on the tin

On this day in 1927 Mae West was sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.

on April 19, 2015 at 11:24 AM
Tired business, man Tired business, man

On this day in 1955 the legendary flop musical Ankles Aweigh opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater.

on April 18, 2015 at 11:06 AM
The singing fool The singing fool

On this day in 1912, Al Jolson‘s recording of “Ragging the Baby to Sleep” was released.

on April 17, 2015 at 9:33 AM
Make someone happy Make someone happy

On this day in 1959 A Party with Comden and Green opened at the John Golden Theater.

on April 16, 2015 at 10:03 AM
Une étoile est née Une étoile est née

Born on this day in 1684 Catherine I of Russia.

on April 15, 2015 at 8:49 AM
Spitfire Spitfire

On this day in 1960 Bye Bye Birdie opened at the Martin Beck Theater, to run 607 performances.

on April 14, 2015 at 10:25 AM
there’s life in the old dame yet there’s life in the old dame yet

On this day in 1957 the musical Shinbone Alley opened at Broadway Theater for a run of 49 performances.

on April 13, 2015 at 8:57 AM
Another fine mesh Another fine mesh

On this day in 1967 the musical Ilya Darling opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater.

on April 11, 2015 at 7:50 AM
Fasten and furious Fasten and furious

On this day in 1849 the safety pin was patented by Walter Hunt, who sold the right to his invention for $400.

on April 10, 2015 at 6:49 AM
Hard to handle Hard to handle

On this day in 1928, the play Diamond Lil, written by and starring Mae West, opened at the Royale Theater in New York City.

on April 09, 2015 at 6:36 AM
Namesake Namesake

On this day in 1876 Amilcare Ponchielli‘s opera La Gioconda [from which our doyenne derived her nom de plume] premiered in Milan.

on April 08, 2015 at 8:43 AM
Fashion police Fashion police

On this day in 397 the wearing of Barbarian clothing in the City of Rome was banned by the Emperor Honorius.

on April 07, 2015 at 8:25 AM
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