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Bruce Cain

Bruce A. Cain
is an Associate Professor of Music and director of the Opera Theatre at Southwestern University. He performs frequently in both in opera and concert. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from McMurry University, his Master of Music degree in voice performance at Indiana University and his Doctor of Music Degree in voice performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University. His career began as an apprentice with the Chautauqua Opera and then on to Chicago, where the Sun-Times hailed him as “an eloquent soloist” and the Chicago Tribune joined in praising his “sensitivity” as an artist. Dr. Cain’s most recent operatic appearance was portraying Kauz in Mendelssohn’s Son and Stranger, for the Georgetown Festival of the Arts. Other recent appearances include: Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute, with the Natchez Opera Festival, Dr. Lomax in Austin Lyric Opera’s production of Cold Sassy Tree, and Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, with L’Opera Piccola in Chicago. Other roles include Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Dr. Blind and Falke in Die Fledermaus, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutté, and a gambler in Prokofiev’s The Gambler. In the summer of 1999, Dr. Cain was delighting audiences in Scotland for a two-week engagement at the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Concert Dance Inc. of Chicago. Dr. Cain has appeared as a soloist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in performances of Händel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. He has joined with the Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble in a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion, as well as a chamber version of Händel’s Messiah, and with the Austin Civic Chorus in Händel’s Judas Maccabaeus, Haydn’s Creation, and Mass in Time of War, Mozart’s Requiem, among others. He has also appeared across the United States in works including Bach’s Cantatas and Passions; Brahms’ German Requiem and Liebeslieder Waltzes; Fauré’s Requiem; Honegger’s King David; Vaughan-Williams’ Mass in G Minor; and Britten’s War Requiem. Dr. Cain made his conducting debut in 1998 when he became the conductor of the San Gabriel Chorale, a “town and gown” chorus that fosters a musical relationship between Southwestern University and the Georgetown community. The San Gabriel Chorale’s most recent performances include Haydn’s The Seasons, The Creation, Lord Nelson Mass, and The Mass in Time of War, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor, and two tours, one to Central Europe and most recently China with the combined choirs of Austin Civic Chorus, Southwestern University Chorale and alumni, and the San Gabriel Chorale.

Dr. Cain’s 2012 performances included Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, Bach’s “B minor Mass”, and Brahms’ “A German Requiem”, and performances with colleague David Asbury at the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress, and a tour of Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and all featuring the “River of Words, Song Cycle” for baritone and guitar. In 2013, Dr. Cain was the guest soloist on a tour of Venice and Rome with the Southwestern University Chorale, and another tour of the “River of Words, Song Cycle” in Morocco. In 2014, Cain and Asbury performed for Art Song Canberra’s “Season of Song”, and two informal concerts in Sydney.