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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.

“I want to feel my life while I’m in it”

Happy 68th birthday actress Meryl Streep. Read more »

“Publicity can be terrible”

Born on this day 1921 voluptuous actress Jane Russell. Read more »

Baby, you can can-can too

Born on this day in 1819 composer Jacques OffenbachRead more »

À bout de souffle

Born on this day in 1919 actor Louis Jourdan.

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The Iron Butterfly

Born on this day in 1903 actress and singer Jeanette MacDonald.

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“Myths are a waste of time”

On this day in 1967 Barbra Streisand‘s concert “A Happening in Central Park” happened in Central Park.

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“You can disagree without being disagreeable”

On this day in 1994 Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as a US Supreme Court Justice.

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“Let them hate me, so long as they fear me”

Happy 71st birthday President Donald Trump.

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Nobody knows where it really ends

On this day in 1956, the floperetta Shangri-La opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, to run a whopping 21 performances.

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“Was this well done of your lady?”

On this day in 1963 Cleopatra premiered at New York’s Rivoli Theatre. 

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