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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.

Dramatic ark

On this day in 1970 the Richard RodgersMartin Charnin musical Two By Two opened on Broadway.  Read more »

“I can’t play a slave”

Born on this day in 1922 actress and singer Dorothy DandridgeRead more »

“That audience embrace has unbelievable power”

Born on this day in 1912, more or less, actress and playwright June HavocRead more »

The name of the Rosenkavalier

Happy 81st birthday soprano Gwyneth Jones.

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“I’m Dr. Clayton Forrester, and soon you will all bow down before me”

Born on this day in 1958 actor Trace Beaulieu.

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Maker and a poet too

Born on this day in 1494 composer, poet and cobbler Hans Sachs.

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Slavic hero

Happy 45th birthday baritone Mariusz Kwiecien.

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A little bit louder now

Happy 69th birthday singer and actress Lulu.

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“Everywhere love stories are exactly the same”

Born on this day in 1944 cinema and stage director Patrice Chéreau

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Silvers thread

On this day in 1952 the Johnny Mercer musical Top Banana opened on Broadway.

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