Cheryl Cain

Name: Cheryl Cain
Voice type: Soprano
SFS Chorus member since: 2006
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Music Schools attended: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Accademia Chigiana di Siena

Began singing: From birth! My formal music study started at the age of 9 on violin.      

I was inspired to become a professional singer by: The orange with the macaroni eyes singing Carmen's Habanera on Sesame Street.

If I were not a professional singer, I might be a: Historical costume designer.

Favorite composers: Verdi, Mahler, Dvorak, Puccini, Rheinberger, Mozart, Monteverdi.

Favorite vocal works: Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, La Traviata, Tosca, Mahler's Symphony No. 8 and in general renaissance polyphony.

This season I am really looking forward to: Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe & Brahm's Requiem.

Most memorable SFS performance: The Verdi Requiem when an earthquake struck right before the Dies Irae!

When I’m not working, what I enjoy doing most is: Waltzing the night away at a costume ball or running around in garb at the Renaissance or Dickens Faire!

Recent reading: The Outlander and The Game of Throne series.

On my CD Player/iPod: A lot of film soundtracks (Lord of the Rings), musicals (Les Miserables Original London Cast), Celtic music (Loreena McKennitt), big band (Benny Goodman), a bit of country (Dixie Chicks) and of course a ton of classical and opera.
                                                                                                                  Favorite thing(s) to do in the Bay Area: See what I enjoy doing when I'm not working!

Last thoughts: I remember coming to the San Francisco Symphony concerts on school fieldtrips as a young girl. These concerts definitely made a huge impression on me because here I am today!