If you can tear yourself away adrming from the scenery long enough, cher public, now’s the time for conversations on general interest and off-topic subjects.

“On This Day,” courtesy of WindyCityOperaman:

Born on this day in 1893 soprano Edith Mason

Born on this day in 1912 soprano/mezzo-soprano Martha Mödl

Happy 85th birthday composer Stephen Sondheim

Happy 75th birthday bass-baritone Günter von Kannen

Happy 70th birthday baritone Alan Opie

Happy 67th birthday composer Andrew Lloyd Webber