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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.

Growing up Grimgerde

Happy 88th birthday mezzo-soprano Rosalind EliasRead more »

Doge day afternoon

On this day in 1857 Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra premiered in Venice.  Read more »

Based on a true story

Born on this day in 1544 poet and playright Torquato TassoRead more »

A circumference of silence

Born on this day in 1910 composer Samuel Barber.

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Verse l’ivresse et l’oubli dans mon coeur!

Born on this day in 1825 librettist and playwright Jules Barbier.

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Born on this day in 1822 composer Victor Massé.

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Sleep, my love

On this day in 1831 Vincenzo Bellini‘s La Sonnambula premiered in Milan.

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Never brought to mind

Born on this day in 1748 composer William Shield.

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Mistress of improvisation

On this day in 1943, actress Greer Garson delivered what remains the longest Academy Awards acceptance speech in history

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Somewhere out there is a lady who I think will never be a nun

On this day in 1965, The Sound of Music premiered at the Rivoli Theater in New York City.

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