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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 take the longest to get ready of anyone

Born on this day in 1934 actress Rue McClanahanRead more »

If you don’t have it but you think you have it, then you have it

Born on this day in 1916 comedian Jackie GleasonRead more »

“Eurotrash” *

Born on this day in 1932 director and designer Jean-Pierre PonnelleRead more »

A very successful mouseburger

Born on this day in 1922 author and editor Helen Gurley Brown.

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Born in the saddle

Born on this day in 1909 soprano Marjorie Lawrence.

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You should embrace the past and understand it, deal with it and go forward

Happy 79th birthday composer John Corigliano.

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People who eat the earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts

On this day in 1939 Lillian Hellman‘s The Little Foxes opened at the National Theatre, to run 410 performances.

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Haunted heart

Happy 58th birthday soprano Renée Fleming.

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The Queen of Babylon

Happy birthday mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. 

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Simple gifts

Happy birthday tenor Anthony Dean Griffey!

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