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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.

No mockers and no scoffers

Born on this day in 1868 soprano Florence Foster JenkinsRead more »

Play the favorita

Happy 52nd birthday to mezzo-soprano Vesselina KasarovaRead more »

“Every time I walked on the stage it was like I was walking into my life”

Born on this day in 1914 soprano Eleanor Steber. Read more »

“We all desire that Change will come”

Happy 62nd birthday playwright Tony Kushner.

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Almost like a dream

Happy 39th birthday to Broadway’s Laura Benanti.

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A spark to pierce the dark

Born on this day in 1926 male actress Charles Pierce.

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True velvet

Born on this day in 1924 tenor Carlo Bergonzi.

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North star

Born on this day in 1895 soprano Kirsten Flagstad.

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