We’re classically trained opera singers but don’t be fooled, we can belt too. We love mixing genres, making people laugh and use the stage to promote female leadership in the arts while creating beautiful harmonies!
Founded in 2018, The Patties met while attending DePaul University in Chicago while pursuing degrees in vocal performance. All three have professional training in opera but always enjoyed musical theater, jazz, and acapella music. Their unique performance style mixes genres, musical styles, and even a little dash of comedy!
Anna Caldwell is a Chicago-based soprano and marketing professional with a passion for performing in various genres at the professional, community, and educational levels.
She regularly performs with local companies, including Janus Concert Series, The Savoyaires, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Co., Opera Inter Alia, and Opera on Tap. Regional credits include work with The Genesis Theater Project, Ohio Valley Summer Theater, and Mercury Summer Stock.
Recent cabaret performances include “Won’t You Be My Galentine,” “A Very Christmas Cabaret,” “Bespoke: An Evening of Song,” and “Perpetual Anticipation.”
She works as a supplemental section leader for St. Benedict Catholic Church and will make her Chicago Fringe Opera debut in Jake Heggie’s Two Remain in March 2022. She will make her regional debut with Actor’s Moveable Theater in Ohio as Rose in Song of Singapore, TBA 2022. She has an MFA in Voice from DePaul University.
Daina Fischer is a Lithuanian/American dramatic-soprano newly-based in Cleveland. She has sung all over the Midwest and also internationally, working with renowned conductors, coaches, and teachers. Daina enjoys performing opera, musical theater, jazz, and acapella music. She is an alto section leader and soloist at various churches and synagogues. Daina is active in the Lithuanian music community in the United States and has also given performances in Lithuania.
Her cabaret performances include “A Very Christmas Cabaret” and “Won’t You Be My Galentine?” with the Peppermint Patties, “Dainos iš toli” ( Songs from Far Away) a cabaret performance in Lithuania and “Bespoke: An Evening of Song”. She holds a MFA in Vocal Performance from DePaul University.
Along-side her passion for performing, Daina is a passionate educator and owns her own voice teaching studio. She also works as a model and social media manager.
Laura Smalley is a Chicago-based actor and singer. She has performed with Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Music Theater Works, Forte Chicago, Chicago Fringe Opera, Grant Park Music Festival, Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, The Savoyaires, Singing River Productions, and Slotted Spoon Initiative. Her cabaret performances include Sleep/Creep/Leap, A Very Christmas Cabaret and Won’t you be my Galentine with The Peppermint Patties, and Reunion: A Night of Sondheim. She holds a BM in Vocal Performance from DePaul School of Music.
An advocate for arts, she has worked for many prominent arts organizations, including Des Moines Metro Opera and Chicago Opera Theater. She is currently the Executive Director of Chicago Fringe Opera.