Eric Laine

Adjunct Faculty of Voice
WPA 110 | 817-257-7232


BM University of Houston
MM University of North Texas

Courses Taught

MUSP 21100 Secondary Voice

Areas of Focus

Art Song
Themed interdisciplinary programs of chamber music and art.

Acknowledged for his “vocal allure” and “fiery declamation” (San Diego Story), Eric Laine, tenor, has gained recognition as an innovative artist both on stage and in recital. Recently, he made his European debut as Il Podestà in La finata giardiniera with the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest, a role he then reprised with Opera Neo in San Diego, CA. During the 2022-2023 season, he returned to Moores Opera Center as Alfred and Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus and Mercury Chamber Orchestra as the tenor soloist in J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata, along with several other recital and concert appearances. He also debuted with Orchestra of New Spain in the North American premiere of Apolo y Dafne. In past seasons, Prof. Laine has sung Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Vašek in The Bartered Bride, Henrik in A Little Night Music, the title role in Albert Herring, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Tantale in La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Noël in Le testament de la tante Caroline, Apollo in the American premiere of Coronide, Gepetto/Cat in Pinocchio, Dudley in Little Red’s Most Unusual Day, and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw with Moores Opera Center, American Baroque Opera Co., UNT Opera Theatre, Opera in the Heights, and Red River Lyric Opera. During the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons, Eric was a regular ensemble member with Houston Grand Opera.

Equally active in singing concert repertoire, Prof. Laine has been featured as a tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Messiah, Alexander’s Feast, Missa in Angustiis, Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G Major, Pergolesi’s Miserere, and J.S. Bach’s Christ lag in Todesbanden, among others. He is an avid promoter of art song, often creating themed interdisciplinary programs of chamber music and visual art. In 2020, a portfolio of materials from Prof. Laine’s recital “In Pursuit of Self” was selected as the graduate winner of the University of North Texas Pi Kappa Lambda Scholarship Competition. Previously, he was awarded a travel grant to serve as an Art of Song fellow in the 2019 Toronto Summer Music Festival.

Prof. Laine is in the final stages of his Doctor of Musical Arts degree program in vocal performance and pedagogy at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, where he is a teaching fellow in applied voice and vocal pedagogy. Additionally, he serves on the voice faculties of Texas Christian University and Lone Star College-University Park. Prof. Laine holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of Houston, specializing in both voice and classical saxophone, and received a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of North Texas. He recently earned a Certificate in Vocology from the Utah Center for Vocology, where he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Ingo Titze.

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