Cher Public


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.

Miss Show Business

Born on this day in 1922 singer, actress and vaudevillian Judy GarlandRead more »

Attending the op’ry, my box would be a bust

Born on this day in 1891 composer Cole PorterRead more »

A little story that should make you cry

Born on this day in 1921 actress Alexis SmithRead more »

Solitude gives birth to the original in us

Born on this day in 1875 writer Thomas Mann.

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“I can’t remember when I didn’t want to be an actress”

Born on this day in 1912 singer and Alice Faye.

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The kid stays in the picture

Happy 51st birthday mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli.

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And so remember this, life is no abyss

Born on this day in 1904 tenor Jan Peerce.

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Nobody’s interested in sweetness and light

Born on this day in 1890 gossip columnist Hedda Hopper

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Hidden treasure

Born on this day in 1922 soprano Florence Quartararo.

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Laughing boy

Born on this day in 1908 voice actor and radio comedian Mel Blanc.

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