Monday, September 26, 2011

Presenting Melanie Cain As Leonora The Tiger Tamer!

Melanie Cain/ Director and Leonora - Tamer of the Beasts 

Melanie Cain, Soprano, holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Opera Production and a Masters of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

A native of Carroll, Iowa, she received her BA in both Music and Art from Luther College in Decorah, IA.  Ms. Cain was Assistant Director/Stage Manager of the UW Opera’s productions of Orpheus in the Underworld, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Le Nozze di Figaro, and Carmen  under the direction of William Farlow. She was administrator and project manager for Dorian Opera Theatre for several seasons. Currently she operates a successful private home studio. 

Melanie has performed both in the Madison area and nationally receiving rave reviews.  The Capital Times wrote, “Melanie Cain sang with a gorgeous range and a strong, thrilling voice that projected to the top row. Cain is a graduate student in vocal performance with a big career ahead of her.” 

Her past roles include Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, The Mother and The Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Madame Lidoine in The Dialogues of the Carmelites, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. She has also studied the roles of Leonora in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Miss Jessel in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, the title role from Gluck’s Armide and Salome in Herodiade by Massenet in UW’s Opera Workshop.  While at UW, Cain understudied the well known soprano, Julia Faulkner, in the title role of Vanessa. She has been a finalist and semi-finalist in numerous national vocal competitions including the Orpheus National Vocal Competition in Tennessee and the prestigious Jenson Vocal Competition in New York.

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