Soprano Katharine Dain performs opera, chamber music, orchestral repertoire, and oratorio on international stages. She is also a writer, a curator of unusual programs, and a probing collaborator on artistic projects of many kinds.


Her lockdown disc Regards sur l’Infini with pianist Sam Armstrong, featuring works of Messiaen, Debussy, and others, won the 2021 Edison Klassiek for Best Debut Recording. Since its release, it has been lavishly praised in the press: “fearless … beautifully controlled … exquisite” (Gramophone); “a stunning album … ecstatic pianism, stratospheric outbursts, sultry sighs and pure beauty … breathtaking” (NRC).


Highlights of her 2021-22 season included the premiere of collectively-created production with the Dutch National Opera titled I Have Missed You Forever, a tour of Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor with the Orchestra of the 18th Century under Kenneth Montgomery, a Kaija Saariaho’s Emilie-Suite with the Tapiola Sinfonietta (who subsequently invited her to be their 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence), and Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with both the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Jan-Willem de Vriend and the Nederlands Kamerorkest under Jonathan Cohen.


In recent seasons, Katharine has sung Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Konstanze) and Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Hungary, and Ecuador, concert works and song cycles with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and many others, and chamber music and recitals at festivals throughout Europe.

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winner: Edison Klassiek

(best debut 2021)

an extraordinarily polished and thought-through disc

—The Guardian
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upcoming highlights



Mozart Requiem

with the Orchestra of the 18th Century and Cappella Amsterdam under Daniel Reuss

Rotterdam, Paris, Nijmegen, Haarlem



Lili Boulanger Clairières dans le ciel
& songs of Szymanowski & Debussy

with Sam Armstrong

De Doelen Rotterdam



Mozart Exsultate jubilate
Handel Eternal source of light divine
Handel Let the bright seraphim

with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under Gordan Nikolić

Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Haarlem

lately on the blog

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    Hi from a Rotterdam kitchen table strewn with empty coffee cups, scores of Polish songs I’m learning, and a laptop open to an article about airborne missiles (Russian? Ukrainian? deliberate? accidental?) killing Polish civilians. Life has felt kind of high-stakes lately. Just me? I don’t think i...

  • when they tell you the body is the instrument

    The body: The singer’s instrument The body: Recent Covid prison, achy, wracked with coughs The body: What I thought I was escaping by spending so many teenage hours making music, slipping into a plane of sound that was higher or more worthy (I thought) than my own solidity, despite the burgund...

  • Edison Klassiek for Regards sur l’Infini

    I am honored beyond belief to announce that my 2020 album Regards sur l’Infini has won the Edison Klassiek award (category: Best Debut). I offer my most heartfelt gratitude to my partners in this adventure, Sam Armstrong and Frerik de Jong, and to everyone who listened, supported us, and told ...

© Katharine Dain 2022