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.


Radiant wonder Radiant wonder

Happy 34th birthday to soprano Lise Davidsen!

on February 08, 2021 at 4:36 AM
Debutante Debutante

On this day in 1928 soprano Grace Moore made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimì.

on February 07, 2021 at 2:40 AM
The hero with no vices The hero with no vices

Born on this day in 1899 actor Ramon Novarro.

on February 06, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“Sex and I have a lot in common” “Sex and I have a lot in common”

On this day in 1949 the legendary Mae West revived her 1928 play Diamond Lil at the Coronet Theatre, playing (ça va sans dire) the title role.

on February 05, 2021 at 1:59 AM
The hard way The hard way

Born on this day in 1918 actress, director and producer Ida Lupino.

on February 04, 2021 at 6:00 AM
Half indoors and half out of doors Half indoors and half out of doors

Born on this day in 1887 poet and expatriate Gertrude Stein.

on February 03, 2021 at 12:59 AM
Celestial voice Celestial voice

Happy 84th birthday soprano Martina Arroyo.

on February 02, 2021 at 3:03 AM
On the side of the angels On the side of the angels

Born on this day in 1922 soprano Renata Tebaldi.

on February 01, 2021 at 2:42 AM
Metro-Goldwyn wants me to star Metro-Goldwyn wants me to star

On this day in 1936 Billie Burke presented Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 with (among others) Fanny Brice, Bob Hope, Josephine Baker, Eve Arden, Judy Canova, Harriet Hoctor, Gertrude Niesen and The Nicholas Brothers. (Did I mention that the choreographer was George Balanchine and the sets and costumes were designed by Vincente Minnelli?)

on January 30, 2021 at 5:00 AM
L’amour, l’amour! L’amour, l’amour!

Born on this day in 1882 actress Mary Boland.

on January 28, 2021 at 2:46 AM
The ghostess with the mostest The ghostess with the mostest

Born on this day in 1923 actress and singer Anne Jeffreys.

on January 26, 2021 at 2:44 AM
Room at the top Room at the top

Born on this day in 1963 tenor Marcello Giordani.

on January 25, 2021 at 6:00 AM
Outsider Outsider

Born on this day in 76 AD Roman Emperor Hadrian.

on January 24, 2021 at 2:00 AM
Why let the goblins upset you? Why let the goblins upset you?

Born on this day in 1909 actress Ann Sothern.

on January 22, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Chest one of those things Chest one of those things

Born on this day in 1926 bodybuilder and actor Steve Reeves.

on January 21, 2021 at 2:00 AM
“Poetry is never dangerous” “Poetry is never dangerous”

Born on this day in 1920 screenwriter and director Federico Fellini.

on January 20, 2021 at 2:00 AM
Hitchcock blonde Hitchcock blonde

Born on this day in 1930 actress and activist ‘Tippi’ Hedren.

on January 19, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Miss me blonde Miss me blonde

Happy 75th birthday soprano Katia Ricciarelli.

on January 18, 2021 at 8:00 AM
It’s a good day It’s a good day

Happy 99th birthday to television legend and animal health advocate Betty White.

on January 17, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Kiss from a Rossini Kiss from a Rossini

Happy 87th birthday mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.

on January 16, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Écrevisses à la bordelaise Écrevisses à la bordelaise

On this day in 1958 Samuel Barber‘s Vanessa had its world premiere at the Met.

on January 15, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Mai Tosca alla scena più tragica fu! Mai Tosca alla scena più tragica fu!

On this day in 1900 Puccini’s Tosca premiered in Rome.

on January 14, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Queen of tears Queen of tears

Born on this day in 1905 actress Kay Francis.

on January 13, 2021 at 8:00 AM
A paradoxical voice A paradoxical voice

Born on this day in 1938 mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos.

on January 12, 2021 at 8:13 AM
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