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Soprano Katharine Dain performs opera, chamber music, and oratorio throughout Europe and North America. Highlights of current and recent seasons include Konstanze (Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail) in the opera houses of Rouen, Avignon, Clermont-Ferrand, Reims, and Massy, Donna Anna (Mozart Don Giovanni) in Ecuador, Hungary, and on tour throughout the Netherlands and Belgium with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, and Cunégonde (Bernstein Candide) in Banff. On the concert platform, Katharine has recently performed works of Dutilleux and Berlioz with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Ryan Bancroft, song cycles of Zemlinsky and Berg under Reinbert de Leeuw in Austria’s Osterfestival, and Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with Cappella Amsterdam under Daniel Reuss.

Soprano Katharine Dain performs opera, chamber music, and oratorio throughout Europe and North America. Highlights of current and recent seasons include Konstanze (Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail) in the opera houses of Rouen, Avignon, Clermont-Ferrand, Reims, and Massy, Donna Anna (Mozart Don Giovanni) in Ecuador, Hungary, and on tour throughout the Netherlands and Belgium with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, and Cunégonde (Bernstein Candide) in Banff. On the concert platform, Katharine has recently performed works of Dutilleux and Berlioz with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Ryan Bancroft, song cycles of Zemlinsky and Berg under Reinbert de Leeuw in Austria’s Osterfestival, and Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with Cappella Amsterdam under Daniel Reuss.

Katharine Dain is the revelation of the evening. Her ample and silky voice, supple phrasing and warm timbre are apparent from her first aria. The young soprano marries dramatic power and enormous vocal agility without ever stepping outside of Mozart’s style.

ÔLYRIX

Mozart has unquestionably found in the beautiful American soprano Katharine Dain an ideal Konstanze. Fluent high range, expressive middle, virtuosity without excess, dramatic intelligence: her “Martern aller Arten” promises us a splendid heroine.

FORUM OPERA

A musician of unusual intelligence and fearlessness, Katharine is becoming particularly known for her work in 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. In early 2020, she was the featured soloist with the Nederlands Studenten Orkest under conductor Manoj Kamps in a touring program of Wagner, Stravinsky, and a newly-commissioned piece written for her by young Dutch composer Rick van Veldhuizen. She has co-founded several chamber groups, including Damask Vocal Quartet, whose first album of works by Brahms and contemporaries, O schöne Nacht, garnered universal acclaim in the press and won the French award the Choc de Classica.

A musician of unusual intelligence and fearlessness, Katharine is becoming particularly known for her work in 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. In early 2020, she was the featured soloist with the Nederlands Studenten Orkest under conductor Manoj Kamps in a touring program of Wagner, Stravinsky, and a newly-commissioned piece written for her by young Dutch composer Rick van Veldhuizen. She has co-founded several chamber groups, including Damask Vocal Quartet, whose first album of works by Brahms and contemporaries, O schöne Nacht, garnered universal acclaim in the press and won the French award the Choc de Classica.

a note about COVID, me, and the arts

Dear friends,

My work, like that of most performers, has been severely curtailed by Covid-19 since the spring of 2020.

I’ve kept busy in these unexpectedly slow months. Sam Armstrong, a brilliant pianist and treasured duo partner, decided to quarantine with me from March onward. We spent the lockdown making music, and this work will happily result in our first recording project as a duo: “Regards sur l’Infini,” a disc of French pieces including Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi, Debussy’s Proses lyriques, and songs by Claire Delbos, Henri Dutilleux, and Kaija Saariaho. The album will be released in late November 2020 on Dutch label 7 Mountain Records. Here is the project page, and here is a blog post I wrote about the process.

My performance calendar reflects my plans as of September 2020, but all dates should be considered provisional; please check with the venue before making plans to attend a live performance.

Stay safe, everyone.

—love from Katharine

a note about COVID, me, and the arts

Dear friends,

My work, like that of most performers, has been severely curtailed by Covid-19 since the spring of 2020.

I’ve kept busy in these unexpectedly slow months. Sam Armstrong, a brilliant pianist and treasured duo partner, decided to quarantine with me from March onward. We spent the lockdown making music, and this work will happily result in our first recording project as a duo: “Regards sur l’Infini,” a disc of French pieces including Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi, Debussy’s Proses lyriques, and songs by Claire Delbos, Henri Dutilleux, and Kaija Saariaho. The album will be released in late November 2020 on Dutch label 7 Mountain Records. Here is the project page, and here is a blog post I wrote about the process.

My performance calendar reflects my plans as of September 2020, but all dates should be considered provisional; please check with the venue before making plans to attend a live performance.

Stay safe, everyone.

—love from Katharine

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  • Regards sur l’Infini: Back Story (part 1)

    It’s been a rocky few months for the performing arts, which makes it all the more strange and wonderful to announce my own news: Sam Armstrong and I are making an album. Sam and I been close friends and collaborators for a long time, but we’ve never recorded together. Now, finally, we’re planning a disc of French songs, titled “Regards sur l’Infini” after a gorgeous early song by Dutilleux. The program is a compact, symmetrical meditation on restlessness and longing, […]
  • Wagner & van Veldhuizen with the NSO

    I’m so grateful to have been involved in the 2020 Nederlands Studenten Orkest tour of a concert program fittingly titled “Extase,” which closed Sunday night to massive fervor in the Grote Zaal of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. The orchestra (made up of all university students, approximate ages 18-26, led by Manoj Kamps) worked for four weeks, I for three, with an intensive rehearsal period followed by 13 concerts in 15 days. It was exhausting, it was massively stimulating, and it was incredibly […]
  • The Guardian thinks I’m “worth discovering!”

    My album of Clara Schumann and Rhian Samuel songs (with bass-baritone Paul Carey Jones and pianist Jocelyn Freeman) got a short mention in the Guardian. It’s a tiny review, but I’ll take it, especially as it allowed me to see my name in the Guardian’s instantly-recognizable typeface for the first time, which was maybe more of a thrill than the words themselves. “There’s more by Samuel on the album Song Lied Cân (Ty Cerdd). This small Welsh label, doing quietly impressive […]
  • Boccherini and Mendelssohn in Brussels

    In a very last-minute change, I will be replacing the Spanish soprano Nuria Rial tonight in a concert presented by Bozar Brussels with the Auryn Quartet and bassist James Munro. The repertoire is Boccherini’s lovely Stabat Mater for soprano and strings, as well as music by Bach and Mendelssohn. I wish Nuria a speedy recovery and am grateful to my new colleagues for their generosity and beautiful playing in our rehearsal today. On the early trip down from Rotterdam this […]

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  • Ruth Falcon, 1942-2020
    October 12, 2020
    I was shaken upon hearing last night that soprano and legendary teacher Ruth Falcon has died. I was extremely lucky to study with Ruth at Mannes for three years. She was a consummate technician, a force of nature, someone who could be both boundlessly generous and terribly difficult. Although we haven't been close in many years, it's hard to believe she's gone. I remember our first lesson. I had been accepted to Mannes and was trying...
  • Regards sur l'Infini: Back Story (part 1)
    July 24, 2020
    It's been a rocky few months for the performing arts, which makes it all the more strange and wonderful to announce my own news: Sam Armstrong and I are making an album. Sam and I been close friends and collaborators for a long time, but we've never recorded together. Now, finally, we're planning a disc of French songs, titled "Regards sur l'Infini" after a gorgeous early song by Dutilleux. The program is a compact, symmetrical...
  • Höchste Lust: music as the opposite of social distancing
    April 10, 2020
    In dem wogenden Schwall, in dem tönenden Schall, in des Welt-Atems wehendem All— ertrinken versinken— unbewusst höchste Lust! (In the welling waves, in the sounding swell, in the world-breath's infinite All— to drown to sink— unconscious highest bliss!) —Richard Wagner   it is a necessity to have a plan, a manifesto, an alternative. it’s a question of life and death for our species. as a musician i feel i can suggest the musical poetic angle which is that after tragedies one has to invent a new world, knit it or embroider, make...

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