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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.

Asking the musical question ‘Harbor Lights’

On this day in 1935 Your Hit Parade began broadcasting.   Read more »

The last time i saw Aluis

On this day in 1774 Christoph Wilibald von Gluck‘s Iphigénie en Aulide premiered in Paris.  Read more »

An American soprano

Happy 69th birthday soprano Catherine MalfitanoRead more »

Quick bright things

Born on this day in 1927 soprano Marie Collier.

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Plane and fancy

On this day in 1738 Handel’s Serse premiered in London.

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Il suon de nova voce lusinghiera

Happy 59th birthday soprano Aprile Millo.

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We are all born mad. Some remain so

Born on this day in 1906 playwright Samuel Beckett.

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Hello, Illya!

On this day in 1967 the musical Illya Darling starring Melina Mercouri opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre.

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No good deed goes unpunished

Born on this day in 1903 playwright, politician, diplomat, and advisor to Presidents Clare Boothe Luce.

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When women go wrong, men go right after them

On this day in 1928, the melodrama Diamond Lil, written by and starring Mae West, opened at the Royale Theater, to run 176 performances.

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