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.

The Constantine Wife The Constantine Wife

On this day in 307, after divorcing his wife Minervina, Constantine married Fausta, the daughter of the retired Roman Emperor Maximian.

on March 31, 2015 at 6:59 AM
Accolade Accolade

On this day in 1778, at the sixth performance of the play Irène, the audience crowned playwright Voltaire with a laurel wreath.

on March 30, 2015 at 7:19 AM
Deception Deception

On this day in 1917 Puccini’s La Rondine premiered in Monte Carlo.

on March 28, 2015 at 12:57 PM
Metro opera Metro opera

On this day in 1976 the Washington DC Metro opened.

on March 27, 2015 at 7:40 AM
Woodsman Woodsman

On this day in 1955 “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” became the #1 record in the United States.

on March 26, 2015 at 7:34 AM
Curtain down! Kill the lights! Curtain down! Kill the lights!

On this say in 1961 Gypsy closed at the Broadway Theater after 702 performances.

on March 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Olio Olio

On this day in 1913 the Palace Theater opened at 1564 Broadway in New York City.

on March 24, 2015 at 1:07 PM
Upper crust Upper crust

On this day in 1901 Dame Nellie Melba revealed the recipe for her eponymous toast.

on March 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Glorifier Glorifier

Born on this day in 1867 American director and producer Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.

on March 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Off the Peg Off the Peg

On this day in 1991, the Los Angeles County Superior Court awarded singer Peggy Lee $3.83 million in her lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company.

on March 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM
That special face That special face

>Happy 100th birthday actress Patricia Morison.

on March 19, 2015 at 11:43 AM
Diegetic soda Diegetic soda

On this day in 1963 the musical Tovarich opened at the Broadway Theater.

on March 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM
With crows With crows

On this day in 1901 a showing of seventy-one Vincent van Gogh paintings in Paris, 11 years after his death, created a sensation.

on March 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Una vendetta in domino Una vendetta in domino

On this day in 1792 King Gustav III of Sweden was shot by Count Anckarström at a masked ball at the Opera.

on March 16, 2015 at 1:21 PM
Kitchen confidential Kitchen confidential

On this day in 1936 the first all-sound film version of Show Boat opened at Radio City Music Hall.

on March 14, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Corner of the sky Corner of the sky

On this day 1781 William Herschel discovered Uranus.

on March 13, 2015 at 8:00 AM
I been to college like everybody else I been to college like everybody else

Happy 87th birthday playwright Edward Albee.

on March 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Au revoir les infantes Au revoir les infantes

On this day in 1867 Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Don Carlos premiered in Paris.

on March 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM
It’s all you had and you’ve had it It’s all you had and you’ve had it

On this day in 1959 Tennessee WilliamsSweet Bird of Youth premiered at the Martin Beck Theatre.

on March 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Nell’ebbrezza d’un amplesso ch’io viva! Nell’ebbrezza d’un amplesso ch’io viva!

On this day in 1562, kissing in public was banned and made punishable by death in Naples, Italy.

on March 09, 2015 at 8:00 AM
The plans were on display The plans were on display

On this day in 1978 the first radio episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams was transmitted on BBC Radio 4.

on March 08, 2015 at 8:00 AM
But why, Veda? But why, Veda?

On this day in 1946 at the 18th Academy Awards, Joan Crawford was named “Best Actress” for her performance in Mildred Pierce.

on March 07, 2015 at 3:03 PM
Il me faut des géants! Il me faut des géants!

Born on this day in 1619 Cyrano de Bergerac, French author and playwright.

on March 06, 2015 at 10:41 AM
Floperetta Floperetta

On this day in 1954 the musical The Girl in Pink Tights opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater.

on March 05, 2015 at 11:36 AM
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