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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.

O Don Magnifico

Happy 65th birthday baritone Alessandro CorbelliRead more »

Carte Blanche

Born on this day in 1918 mezzo-soprano Blanche Thebom (some sources say 1915.)   Read more »

Blonde item

Happy 46th birthday soprano Anna NetrebkoRead more »

There’s never been a better banana cake

Born on this day in 1925 actress singer and Leonie Rysanek doppelgänger Dorothy Loudon.

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“Once you get on stage, everything is right”

On this day 51 years ago the new Metropolitan Opera House opened in Lincoln Center. 

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A te sovrana Augusta

Happy 72nd birthday soprano Jessye Norman.

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O sogni d’or

On this day 1985 The Golden Girls debuted on NBC.

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“There are no more geniuses, only critics”

Born on this day in 1874 composer Arnold Schoenberg.

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“Searching, almost harrowing”

Born on this day in 1938 mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos.

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That evening sun

On this day in 1914 composer W. C. Handy published “St. Louis Blues.”

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