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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.



Art is a barren route, of which glory is the oasis

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By Krauss

Born on this day in 1894 soprano Viorica UrsuleacRead more »

Our dancing daughter

Born on this day in 1904 or thereabouts actress Joan CrawfordRead more »

Something feverish

Born on this day in 1808 soprano Maria Malibran.

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Come un bel dì di marzo

On this day in 1896 Giordano’s Andrea Chenier premiered in Milan.

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Even my first name would be preferable

On this day in 1962 Harold Rome’s musical I Can Get It For You Wholesale opened on Broadway.

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No more doubt or fear

Born on this day in 1923 musical director and conductor Mort Lindsey.

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A minority may be right, and a majority is always wrong

Born on this day in 1828 dramatist Henrik Ibsen.

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This world’s waited long enough

Happy 70th birthday actress Glenn Close.

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It is the strain I heard within my soul

On this day in 1910, The Pipe of Desire by Frederick Shepherd Converse premiered at the Metropolitan Opera.

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