Cher Public


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.

Scale model

Happy 65th birthday soprano Carol VanessRead more »

All about Eva

Happy 50th birthday soprano Anne SchwanewilmsRead more »

Time remembered

Born on this day in 1894 soprano Yvonne PrintempsRead more »

“Oatmeal tastes so good on its own, you don’t even need to add sugar”

Happy 49th birthday singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth.

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Home girl

Happy 45th birthday soprano Anja Harteros.

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Mother of Exiles

Born on this day 1849 poet Emma Lazarus.

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Birthday enjoyed by all

Happy 60th birthday actor Jon Lovitz.

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Move over, sun, and give me some sky

Born on this day in 1938 actress Natalie Wood.

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One little name to remember is better than having a string

Happy 91st birthday actress Helen Gallagher.

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Burn notice

On this day in 64 the Great Fire of Rome began under the Emperor Nero.

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