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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.

Windy City opera lady

Born on this day in 1893 soprano Rosa RaisaRead more »

La rue est un musée pour tous!

Born on this day in 1907 comic book creator HergéRead more »

Mama is gonna see to it!

On this day, the best damn musical*, Gypsy, opened at the Broadway Theatre, to run 702 performances.  Read more »

Darling, I’ve got to confess

Happy 84th birthday actress Constance Towers.

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Do everything yourself

Born on this day in 1861 soprano Nellie Melba.

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Mr. Imperium

Born on this day in 1892 bass Ezio Pinza.

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Lady from Sweden

Born on this day in 1918 soprano Birgit Nilsson.

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“Children need pets,” Miss Munsel believes

Born on this day in 1925 mother of four and soprano Patrice Munsel.

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I am terrified at the thought that so much hideous and bad music will be put on records forever

Born on this day in 1842 composer Arthur Sullivan.

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High school musical

On this day in 1988 Carrie: The Musical opened on Broadway at the Virginia Theatre and closed after five performances.

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