January 2017 Damask vocal quartet was selected for a chamber music residency at Aldeburgh Music Festival, where they will rehearse, coach, and perform intensively for a week in the gorgeous setting of Snape Maltings, Suffolk.
September 2016 Katharine replaced an ill soprano soloist on one day’s notice in a concert of Russian chamber music with the Nieuw Amsterdams Peil. Her performance of Shostakovich’s song cycle to texts of Alexander Blok was called “gripping” by Het Parool.
June 2016 Katharine was highly praised for her performance in the collaborative pastiche opera Be With Me Now, a co-production of Festival Aix-en-Provence, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Dutch National Opera, and five other European presenters; the enthusiastic review in The Arts Desk called her performance of Stravinsky’s “I go, I go to him” “better than any I’ve heard in the opera house.”
March 2016 On three days’ notice, Katharine replaced an ill soprano soloist in the premiere of Jan van de Putte’s Insonia, part of his epic oratorio Pessoa Cyclus, in the Concertgebouw Zaterdagmatinee series with Asko|Schönberg and Cappella Amsterdam under Reinbert de Leeuw. The concert was broadcast live on NPO Radio 4.
March 2016 Katharine was singled out in several Dutch outlets for her clear sound and courageous performance in Sarah’s Passion, a co-production of Silbersee and the Ragazze Quartet; see full quotations here.
November 2015 Katharine won third prize in the Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Competition in New York, singing works of Mozart and Szymanowski.
July 2015 Katharine received high praise for the second consecutive year from the Irish Times for her performance at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival: “There was also a rare outing for Sofia Gubaidulina’s Hommage à T. S. Eliot, with soprano Katharine Dain deeply affecting in the purity she brought to an emotionally riveting work.”
March 2015 Katharine made an unexpected recital debut in the Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal, replacing an ill Michael Schade on two days’ notice in songs of Joseph Marx, Richard Strauss, and Erich Korngold with pianist Reinild Mees, presented by Stichting 20e-eeuwse lied. The performance received a glowing review in Place de l’Opera and was broadcast on Radio4; listen to the concert here.
June 2014 Katharine replaced an ill soprano soloist in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry, Ireland, learning John Tavener’s To A Child Dancing In The Wind for soprano, flute, viola, and harp in just a few days. The performance was enthusiastically reviewed in the Irish press.
June 2014 Katharine is stepping in at short notice to replace an ill soprano soloist in a Holland Festival performance of Luigi Nono Il Canto Sospeso for soloists, choir, and orchestra with Ingo Metzmacher, Cappella Amsterdam, Schola Heidelberg, and the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg in Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. This performance (details here) will constitute Katharine’s debut in the prestigious Holland Festival.
December 2013 Katharine will make her Concertgebouw debut on May 24th with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble in John Adams’s Grand Pianola Music.