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Kate Vetter Cain (Soprano)

Born: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The American soprano, Kate Vetter Cain, was born in Boston and grew up in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Yale University, a Master's degree from Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland.

Kate Vetter Cain, praised by The Washington Post for her "sweetness of timbre and vocal power," has earned acclaim as a soloist with some of the country’s premiere ensembles and festivals, including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, ‘Rebel’ Baroque Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, New York’s Caramoor Festival Opera, Tanglewood Music Festival, the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, Brevard Music Festival, the Ash-Lawn Highland Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse and Symphony Space in New York City. After her 2003 debut with the Washington Bach Consort in a semi-staged performance of J.S. Bach's "Peasant Cantata" (BWV 212), Cain has become a frequent soloist with the group, returning every season in various cantatas including a staged "Coffee Cantata." (BWV 211). In recent seasons, the soprano has also debuted with Washington Concert Opera as Francisca in Donizetti's Maria Padilla, sung the role of Galatea in George Frideric Handel's Acis and Galatea, to the Polyphemus of François Loup, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in Maryland, Poppea in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with director Leon Major, and the the Princess/Nightingale/Fire in L'enfant et les sortilèges with conductor James Ross in a semi-staged production. Other recent operatic engagements have included Musetta in "La Bohème" with the Taconic Opera, and Papagena in "Die Zauberflöte" with the Caramoor Festival, where she also covered the role of Adina in "L'elisir d'amore." She has sung principal roles in operas of Donizetti, G.F. Handel, Mozart, Monteverdi and Benjamin Britten with conductors Christopher Larkin, Will Crutchfield, Ransom Wilson, Kenneth Slowik and David Effron. Ms. Cain has also performed leading operetta roles Off-Broadway with The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players and musical theater roles by Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, and Meredith Wilson.

Kate Vetter Cain was a Young Artist with the Ash Lawn-Highland Summer Festival, singing operas of Rossini and Puccini, and a performer in the renowned Phyllis Curtin Master Classes at the Tanglewood Music Center. An accomplished performer of baroque repertoire, she took part in conductor Will Crutchfield's "Handel Project," a year-long training program culminating in performances of the composer's last opera, Deidamia, and concerts of his vocal cantatas.

Kate Vetter Cain is an avid recitalist, and a 2007 Finalist in the Vocal Arts Society of Washington Discovery Series Competition. She has performed in recital with pianist Tamara Sanikidze on the “Promising Artists of the 21st Century Series” in San José, Costa Rica, in a solo benefit recital for Lake George Opera, and with pianist Nino Sanikidze at the Cleveland Art Song Festival. She performed New York solo recitals on the concert series of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and on the Trinity Church "Concerts at One" series at historic St. Paul's Chapel. Cain sang works of George Crumb, under the tutelage of the composer, at the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, and performed the songs of such 20th-century masters as Heitor Villa-Lobos, Roussel, Halffter, Francis Poulenc, Bergsma, Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. She has also appeared as a soloist in oratorios of Antonio Vivaldi, Mozart and L.v. Beethoven with the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra of Washington, D.C., New York's Trinity Church, Yale University Bach Society, and the Charlottesville Summer Chamber Symphony.

"Cain's sweetness of timbre and vocal power suited (the) compositions..." - Cecelia Porter, Washington Post (May 8, 2005)
"From the very beginning Kate Vetter Cain demonstrated the rich timbre,...musicality, strong technique and range of her voice in her sensitive and nuanced singing...." - La Nacion, San Jose, Costa Rica (March 25, 2004)
"Kate Vetter Cain stood out for her steady soprano, consistently articulate phrasing and sensual acting" - The Baltimore Sun (August 6, 2002)
"Soprano Kate Vetter Cain glittered as the Fairy Queen Titania" - Creative Loafing, Charlotte, NC (July 18, 1998)
"Katherine Vetter...shone in excerpts from The Rake's Progress" - The New York Times (April 17, 1995)

Source: Kate Vetter Cain Website
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Aryeh Oron (April 2010)

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BWV 212

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