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.

How to succeed in Byzantium without really trying How to succeed in Byzantium without really trying

On this day in 475, Basiliscus became Byzantine Emperor, with a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople.

on January 12, 2015 at 12:41 AM
Theodora goes wild Theodora goes wild

On this day in 1055, Theodora was crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire.

on January 11, 2015 at 12:24 AM
Alea iacta est Alea iacta est

On this day in 49 BC Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, signaling the start of civil war.

on January 10, 2015 at 1:44 AM
Hands on Hands on

On this day in 2007, Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs announced the iPhone.

on January 09, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Scottish tragedy Scottish tragedy

On this day in 1735, the premiere performance of George Frideric Handel’s Ariodante was given at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

on January 08, 2015 at 1:11 PM
Rebel heart Rebel heart

On this day in 1601, Robert, Earl of Essex, led a revolt in London against Queen Elizabeth.

on January 07, 2015 at 7:44 AM
Primer time Primer time

On this day in 1973 “Schoolhouse Rock” premiered on ABC-TV.

on January 06, 2015 at 7:53 AM
Mattress of his domain Mattress of his domain

On this day in 1649, Francesco Cavalli’s Giasone premiered in Venice.

on January 05, 2015 at 12:18 AM
Stock photo Stock photo

On this day in 1865, the New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.

on January 04, 2015 at 11:43 AM
A farewell to arbres A farewell to arbres

On this day in 1431 Joan of Arc was defeated by Bishop Pierre Cauchon.

on January 03, 2015 at 1:15 PM
Les pauvres gens peuvent-ils être heureux? Les pauvres gens peuvent-ils être heureux?

On this day in 1900, Gustave Charpentier’s opera Louise premiered in Paris.

on January 02, 2015 at 11:35 AM
Dawn approaches Dawn approaches

On this day in 1801 the dwarf planet Ceres was discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi.

on January 01, 2015 at 12:57 PM
People don’t do such things People don’t do such things

On this day in 1902 American actress Tallulah Bankhead was born.

on December 31, 2014 at 7:47 AM
Notte d’orror! Notte d’orror!

On this day in 1809, it became illegal to wear masks at balls held within the City of Boston, as its citizens believed this practice was “detrimental to morals.”

on December 30, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Fighting vainly the old Anouilh Fighting vainly the old Anouilh

On this day in 1170, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II.

on December 29, 2014 at 12:05 AM
A door opens A door opens

On this day in 1895 the Lumière brothers held the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris.

on December 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM
You never seen a show like this before! You never seen a show like this before!

On this day in 1927 the musical play Show Boat opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway.

on December 27, 2014 at 1:10 PM
My shining hour My shining hour

On this day in 1898, Pierre and Marie Curie announced the isolation of radium.

on December 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Radio days Radio days

On this day in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera offered the first installment of its matinee radio broadcast series.

on December 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Milk punch Milk punch

On this day in 1826, the Eggnog Riot began at the United States Military Academy.

on December 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Am I that easy to forget? Am I that easy to forget?

On this day in 1893 the opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck was first performed.

on December 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Scandal Scandal

On this day 1894 the “Dreyfus Affair” began in France with Alfred Dreyfus’ wrongful conviction for treason.

on December 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Enter laughing Enter laughing

On this day in 1914, Tillie’s Punctured Romance, the first feature-length film comedy, was released.

on December 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Lovely to look at Lovely to look at

On this day in 1898 American actress and singer Irene Dunne was born.

on December 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM
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