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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.

Born in the saddle

Born on this day in 1909 soprano Marjorie LawrenceRead more »

You should embrace the past and understand it, deal with it and go forward

Happy 79th birthday composer John CoriglianoRead more »

People who eat the earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts

On this day in 1939 Lillian Hellman‘s The Little Foxes opened at the National Theatre, to run 410 performances.  Read more »

Haunted heart

Happy 58th birthday soprano Renée Fleming.

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The Queen of Babylon

Happy birthday mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. 

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Simple gifts

Happy birthday tenor Anthony Dean Griffey!

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La lune a l’air très étrange

On this day in 1896 Oscar Wilde‘s Salomé premiered in Paris.

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Belle nuit

On this day in 1881 Jacques Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffman premiered in Paris.

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Music is at once the product of feeling and knowledge

Born on this day in 1885 composer Alban Berg.

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“Forget tomorrow. This is tonight!”

Born on this day in actress 1920 (more or less) Lana Turner.

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