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 Wizard of Atlanta The Wizard of Atlanta

On this day in 1939 Victor Fleming replaced George Cukor as director of Gone With the Wind.

on February 14, 2015 at 7:58 AM
Neapolitan school Neapolitan school

On this day in 1816 the Teatro San Carlo in Naples was destroyed by fire.

on February 13, 2015 at 10:08 AM
Le tailleur Bar Le tailleur Bar

On this say in 1947 Christian Dior unveiled a “New Look”, helping Paris regain its position as the capital of the fashion world.

on February 12, 2015 at 7:58 AM
Fiddler on the fenestram Fiddler on the fenestram

On this day in 55 A.D., Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman emperorship, died under mysterious circumstances in Rome, clearing the way for Nero to become Emperor.

on February 11, 2015 at 8:30 AM
O luce di quest’animation O luce di quest’animation

On this day in 1940, the first “Tom & Jerry” cartoon debuted.

on February 10, 2015 at 2:27 PM
You don’t take exams for acting, you take your courage You don’t take exams for acting, you take your courage

Born on this day in 1888 English actress Edith Evans.

on February 08, 2015 at 2:03 AM
Never in the way, and never out of the way Never in the way, and never out of the way

On this day in 1649 the claimant King Charles II of England and Scotland was declared King of Great Britain by the Parliament of Scotland.

on February 06, 2015 at 7:59 AM
The inmates take over the asylum The inmates take over the asylum

On this day in 1919 Mary PickfordD. W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks launched United Artists.

on February 05, 2015 at 7:52 AM
How could they be so wrong? How could they be so wrong?

On this day in 1968 Golden Rainbow, starring Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, opened at the Shubert Theater.

on February 04, 2015 at 7:57 AM
Mother, sister, lover, friend, angel, devil, earth, home Mother, sister, lover, friend, angel, devil, earth, home

On this day in 1960 La Dolce Vita, directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg, premiered in Italy.

on February 03, 2015 at 8:18 AM
Maid service Maid service

On this day in 1933, the sisters Christine and Léa Papin murdered their employer’s wife and daughter in Le Mans, France.

on February 02, 2015 at 10:44 AM
Songs for a new world Songs for a new world

On this day in 1893 Puccini’s Manon Lescaut premiered in Turin.

on February 01, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Stabbed in the back Stabbed in the back

On this day in 1861 Friedrich Hebbel’s Siegfrieds Tod premiered in Weimar.

on January 31, 2015 at 1:24 PM
Stubble to our swords Stubble to our swords

On this day in 1661, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, was ritually executed after having been dead for two years.

on January 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By the sea By the sea

On this day in 1781 Mozart’s Idomeneo premiered in Munich.

on January 29, 2015 at 10:54 AM
A truth universally acknowledged A truth universally acknowledged

On this day in 1813 Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United Kingdom.

on January 28, 2015 at 6:00 AM
First hand First hand

On this day in 1302 Dante Alighieri was exiled from Florence, where he served as one of six priors governing the city.

on January 27, 2015 at 2:29 PM
A boy’s best friend A boy’s best friend

On this day in 1833 Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia premiered in Milan.

on January 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM
On this thousandth day On this thousandth day

On this day in 1533 Henry VIII of England secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn.

on January 25, 2015 at 12:57 AM
Vivo! Vivo!

On this day in 41 AD Roman Emperor Caligula was assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards, who then proclaimed Caligula’s uncle Claudius as Emperor.

on January 24, 2015 at 1:04 AM
Triple threat Triple threat

Happy 82nd birthday to American actress, singer, and dancer Chita Rivera.

on January 23, 2015 at 7:55 AM
Can of worms Can of worms

On this day in 1521 Emperor Charles V opened the Diet of Worms.

on January 22, 2015 at 11:42 AM
We’re the millers We’re the millers

On this day in 1904 Leos Janacek‘s Jenufa premiered in Brno.

on January 21, 2015 at 12:05 AM
Legal at last Legal at last

On this day in 1949 J. Edgar Hoover gave Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen.

on January 20, 2015 at 10:10 AM
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