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WindyCityOperaman

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.



Giorno d’orrore

Born on this day in 1694 writer and philosopher Francois-Marie Arouet (known as Voltaire.)  Read more »

Heil sei dem Tag

On this day in 1808 Beethoven’s Fidelio premiered in Vienna.  Read more »

Hit parade

Born on this day in 1926 singer and actress Dorothy Collins. Read more »

Let’s put on a show

Born on this day in 1911 actor, choreographer and director Charles Walters.

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Woman of the golden west

Born on this day in 1926 soprano Maralin Niska Dice.

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Starting from scratch

Happy 83rd birthday actress Joanna Barnes.

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Leonie Rysanek

Scream and scream again

Born on this day in 1926 soprano Leonie Rysanek

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Check yourself before you Rex yourself

On this day in 1940 the animated film Fantasia produced by Walt Disney and starring Leopold Stokowski (not pictured) was released.

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Popp star

Born on this day in 1939 soprano Lucia Popp.

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Big bang

Born on this day in 1917 soprano Gertrude Grob-Prandl.

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