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WindyCityOperaman

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.



“I no longer limit myself”

Born on this day in 1862 composer Claude Debussy and in 1928 composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Read more »

She knows a naughty fellow

Happy 86th birthday mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker. Read more »

“I don’t think any novelist should be concerned with literature”

Born on this day in 1918 (not that she’d admit it) author and actress Jacqueline Susann. Read more »

Classy and fabulous

Born on this day in 1883 designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

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Smear-proof

Born on this day in 1904 maquillage mogul Max Factor Jr.

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Paradise comes suddenly near

Born on this day in 1920 actress Maureen O’Hara.

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First Lady

Born on this day in 1879 actress Ethel Barrymore.

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Untarnished silver

Happy 71st birthday soprano Kathleen Battle.

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