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.

Una voce molto tempo fa Una voce molto tempo fa

On this date in 1825, Il barbiere di Siviglia was performed at the Park Theatre.

on November 29, 2014 at 12:05 AM
The secret word The secret word

On this day in 1932 Groucho Marx performed on radio for the first time.

on November 28, 2014 at 12:59 AM
Cross purposes Cross purposes

On this day in 1095 Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont.

on November 27, 2014 at 12:26 AM
Born to be Vlad Born to be Vlad

On this day in 1476, Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) defeated Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Báthory and became the ruler of Wallachia for the third time.

on November 26, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Fiddler on the beach Fiddler on the beach

On this day in 1915, Albert Einstein presented the field equations of general relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences.

on November 25, 2014 at 12:25 AM
Two hander Two hander

On this day in 1936 Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8:30 premiered in New York City.

on November 24, 2014 at 12:15 AM
Goat song Goat song

On this day in 534 BC, Thespis of Icaria became the first recorded actor to portray a character onstage.

on November 23, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Beat the devil Beat the devil

On this day in 1831, Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable was first produced.

on November 22, 2014 at 12:30 AM
Disc drive Disc drive

On this day in 1877 Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph.

on November 21, 2014 at 12:01 AM
Canned laughter Canned laughter

On this day in 1347, Cola di Rienzo repelled an attack by Roman nobles led by the Orsini and Colonna families.

on November 20, 2014 at 12:37 AM
Now, Voyager Now, Voyager

On this day in 1620 the Mayflower reached Cape Cod.

on November 19, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Flèche and fantasy Flèche and fantasy

On this day in 1307, William Tell shot apple off his son’s head, assuming that actually happened.

on November 18, 2014 at 1:28 AM
Queen sized Queen sized

On this day in 1558 Elizabeth I ascended the English throne.

on November 17, 2014 at 1:43 AM
Twice two makes five Twice two makes five

On this day in 1849, a Russian court sentenced writer Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for anti-government activities linked to a radical intellectual group.

on November 16, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Thirst for conquest Thirst for conquest

On this day in 1533 Francisco Pizzaro arrived in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire.

on November 15, 2014 at 12:04 AM
The Bishop of Broadway The Bishop of Broadway

On this day in 1905, David Belasco’s The Girl of Golden West premiered in New York City.

on November 14, 2014 at 8:29 AM
Not safe for Turk Not safe for Turk

On this day in 1918, Allied troops occupued Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

on November 13, 2014 at 12:38 AM
A daring young man A daring young man

On this day in 1859, Jules Leotard performed the first flying trapeze circus act in Paris.

on November 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM
In the hands of fate In the hands of fate

On this day in 1862 Verdi’s La forza del destino premiered in St. Petersburg.

on November 11, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Nerd for Windows Nerd for Windows

On this day in 1983 Bill Gates introduced Windows 1.0.

on November 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM
A tiny cog in the great wheel of evolution A tiny cog in the great wheel of evolution

On this day in 1939 Ninotchka, starring Greta Garbo, premiered.

on November 09, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Wer ein solches Weib errungen, stimm’ in unsern Jubel ein! Wer ein solches Weib errungen, stimm’ in unsern Jubel ein!

On this day in 1912, the Deutsche Opernhaus (now Deutsche Oper Berlin) opens with a production of Beethoven’s Fidelio.

on November 07, 2014 at 12:19 AM
Activism Activism

On this day in 1913 Mohandas K Gandhi was arrested for leading an Indian miners march in South Africa.

on November 06, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Failure is impossible Failure is impossible

On this day in 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony voted in defiance of the law, and was later fined $100.

on November 05, 2014 at 6:42 AM
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