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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.



Divine redeemer

Born on this day in 1818 composer Charles-François Gounod. Read more »

St. Louis woman

Born on this day in 1899 dramatic soprano Helen Traubel. Read more »

Class act

Happy 89th birthday stage designer and director Pier Luigi Pizzi. Read more »

Late winter, early spring

On this day in 1967 soprano Elisabeth Grümmer made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Elsa in Lohengrin. Read more »

“I’m Liberace without a piano”

Born on this day in 1926 actor and comedian Paul Lynde.

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No matter how hopeless

Born on this day in 1930 comic actor, baritone and gay icon Jim Nabors.

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Let’s hear it for the boy

Born on this day in 1864 composer Richard Strauss and in 1913 mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens.

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Everybody sing

Born on this day in 1922 Miss Show Business.

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