Soprano Katharine Dain performs opera, song, 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 album Regards sur l’Infini (Messiaen, Delbos, Debussy, Dutilleux, and Saariaho) with pianist Sam Armstrong won the 2021 Edison Klassiek Award for Best Debut and was lavishly praised in the press: “fearless … beautifully controlled … exquisite” (Gramophone); “a stunning album … ecstatic pianism, stratospheric outbursts, sultry sighs and pure beauty … breathtaking” (NRC). The duo’s second album together, Forget This Night, featured works of Lili Boulanger, Karol Szymanowski, and Grażyna Bacewicz and was even more widely acclaimed. BBC Music Magazine named it CD of the Month in its category and called it “altogether a remarkable release: beautiful, intelligent and utterly heartfelt”.


Highlights of recent seasons include being named 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence with Finland’s Tapiola Sinfonietta; song recitals in Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, and Concertgebouw Brugge; Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (Fiordiligi), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Konstanze) and Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Hungary, and Ecuador; appearances with the Dutch National Opera, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and BBC Scottish and Welsh Symphony Orchestras; and chamber music at numerous festivals throughout Europe and North America.

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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

MAY 3-5


Fauré: La Bonne Chanson
Berio: Sequenza
Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate
and other works

Winchester Chamber Music Festival, UK

MAY 19


All-Schubert recital with pianist Anna Alvizou

Antwerp Lied Festival, Belgium

JULY 19-21


Britten: Les Illuminations
Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder (chamber arrangement)

Wonderfeel, The Netherlands

lately on the blog

  • Forget This Night: Reactions

    Sam and I couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic response to our second album together, Forget This Night. Two and a half years after first performing Lili Boulanger’s cycle Clairières dans le ciel together and knowing instantly that we had to record it, we were delighted that so m...

  • in praise of feeling less

    Hi from my couch (mustard-yellow). No soprano glamor here: I’m wearing an oversized cabled sweater (the color of late summer sunlight) I knitted years ago, candy-cane-patterned socks a friend gave me as a joke, and slippers (caramel) I bought on a blustery day in December between rehearsals. I’m...

  • Fior di Diavolo

    Strongly founded! A marble tower!  With those words, arms splayed in a stock gesture of defiance, I launched into Fiordiligi’s first-act aria on a makeshift stage in the winter of 2004. That production, a Così fan tutte (in English) organized and performed by a bunch of over-caffeinated Harvard ...

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