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.


Carnival knowledge Carnival knowledge

On this day in 1838 Benvenuto Cellini premiered in Paris.

on September 10, 2023 at 5:00 AM
“Great day in the morning!” “Great day in the morning!”

Born on this day in 1899 character actor Neil Hamilton.

on September 09, 2023 at 4:00 AM
We all go a little mad sometimes We all go a little mad sometimes

On this day in 1960 Alfred Hitchcock‘s Psycho was released nationwide.

on September 08, 2023 at 4:00 AM
Ricordo d’amor Ricordo d’amor

Happy 58th birthday soprano Angela Gheorghiu.

on September 07, 2023 at 4:45 AM
Bold Bold

Happy 86h birthday to actress, comedian and singer Jo Anne Worley.

on September 06, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Blonde Venus Blonde Venus

Happy 63rd birthday to soprano Karita Mattila.

on September 05, 2023 at 4:30 AM
Start all over again Start all over again

On this day in 1936, RKO Radio Pictures released Swing Time.

on September 04, 2023 at 4:21 AM
They just like to kick it around They just like to kick it around

Born on this day in 1932 actress and singer Eileen Brennan.

on September 03, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Just another run-of-the-mill Wednesday Just another run-of-the-mill Wednesday

On this day in 1954 Paramount Pictures released Rear Window.

on September 01, 2023 at 6:00 AM
I am a merchant mandarin I am a merchant mandarin

On this day in 1916 Oscar Asche‘s musical Chu Chin Chow premiered in London.

on August 31, 2023 at 4:30 AM
Dainty… ain’t he? Dainty… ain’t he?

Born on this day in 1898 actress and singer Shirley Booth.

on August 30, 2023 at 6:00 AM
“You must train your intuition” “You must train your intuition”

Born on this day in 1915 actress Ingrid Bergman.

on August 29, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Into your arms I’ll fly Into your arms I’ll fly

On this day in 1953 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein‘s musical Me and Juliet opened at the Majestic Theatre, to run 358 performances.

on August 28, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Wind’s in the east, mist coming in Wind’s in the east, mist coming in

On this day in 1964 Walt Disney‘s musical film Mary Poppins premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

on August 27, 2023 at 6:00 AM
A new step every day A new step every day

On this day in 1951 the musical film An American in Paris premiered in London.

on August 26, 2023 at 4:30 AM
“It’s human to lie” “It’s human to lie”

On this day in 1950 the film Rashomon, directed by Akira Kurosawa, was released.

on August 25, 2023 at 6:00 AM
All to the Gute All to the Gute

Born on this day in 1958 actor Steve Guttenberg.

on August 24, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Outside the Thalberg Building Outside the Thalberg Building

Happy 69 to that infeffable composite of homme de lettres, grande dame, diseuse and monstre sacré we mortals call Charles Busch.

on August 23, 2023 at 6:00 AM
“Art is an elastic sort of love” “Art is an elastic sort of love”

On this day in 2021 the French government announced that dancer, singer, spy and civil rights activist Josephine Baker will be the first black woman to be interred in the Panthéon in Paris.

on August 22, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Janet, Queen of Scots Janet, Queen of Scots

Happy 90th birthday mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker.

on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Empty salons, corridors, salons, doors Empty salons, corridors, salons, doors

On this day in 1961 at the 22nd Venice Film Festival L’Année dernière à Marienbad directed by Alain Resnais won the Leone d’oro award.

on August 20, 2023 at 10:37 AM
Fashion changes; style remains Fashion changes; style remains

Born on this day in 1883 designer Coco Chanel.

on August 19, 2023 at 10:07 AM
“Storytelling is important” “Storytelling is important”

Happy 87th birthday to actor and filmmaker Robert Redford.

on August 18, 2023 at 6:34 AM
The girl on the scene The girl on the scene

Born on this day in 1893 actress and playwright Mae West, seen here trying her delicate pink hand at R&B at the tender age of 77.

on August 17, 2023 at 6:00 AM
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