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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.

Die Macht des Schicksals!

Born on this day in 1922 actor Jack KlugmanRead more »

But who will I take care of?

On this day in 1970 Stephen Sondheim‘s musical Company opened on Broadway.  Read more »

Here the maestro put down his pen

On this day in 1926 Puccini’s opera Turandot premiered in Milan.  Read more »

Simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy and driven

Happy 75th birthday Barbra Joan Streisand.

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You know what Venus did to Adonis

Born on this day (assumed) in 1564 playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

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Only the good die young

Happy 82nd birthday mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto.

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Just a little touch of war quality

Happy 68th birthday Broadway diva Patti LuPone.

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Asking the musical question ‘Harbor Lights’

On this day in 1935 Your Hit Parade began broadcasting.

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The last time i saw Aluis

On this day in 1774 Christoph Wilibald von Gluck‘s Iphigénie en Aulide premiered in Paris.

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An American soprano

Happy 69th birthday soprano Catherine Malfitano.

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