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.


Highlights of her 2021-22 season include a new production with the Dutch National Opera created in partnership with Manoj Kamps and Lisenka Heijboer Castañon, a tour of Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor with the Orchestra of the 18th Century under Kenneth Montgomery, a first appearance with Helsinki’s Tapiola Sinfonietta in Kaija Saariaho’s Emilie-Suite under Ryan Bancroft, and Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with 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. Her 2020 lockdown disc Regards sur l’Infini with pianist Sam Armstrong, featuring works of Messiaen, Debussy, and others, 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).

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2020 album release:

Regards sur l’Infini

an extraordinarily polished and thought-through disc

—The Guardian
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upcoming highlights

NOVEMBER 27 & 28


Brahms: Liebeslieder Walzer
and works of Schumann, Wadsworth, & Corigliano

with Damask Vocal Quartet, Flore Merlin & Anne Le Bozec

Den Haag & Arnhem



Saariaho: Emilie-Suite

with the Tapiola Sinfonietta under Ryan Bancroft




Regards sur l’Infini: a recital featuring Messiaen Poèmes pour Mi, Debussy Proses lyriques, and songs of Claire Delbos

with Sam Armstrong

Den Haag

lately on the blog

  • Raves for Madame Herz with the Orchestra of the 18th Century

    I’ve never been accused of NOT wearing my heart on my sleeve, but goodness gracious, mein Herz did overflow every time I heard the opening bars of Mozart’s sublime “L’amerò, saro costante” last month. That’s an aria from his early opera Il rè pastore, and I rece...

  • wells of love, lasagnas of protection

    There are different wells within your heart. Some fill with each good rain, Others are far too deep for that. In one well You have just a few precious cups of water, That “love” is literally something of yourself, It can grow as slow as a diamond If it is lost. Your love Should never be ...

  • the things I am still, a year in, trying to tell myself

    Someday, you will recognize how brave you were. Someday, you will recognize that your grief was reasonable, whether it was connected to a specific loss or not. Someday, you will (possibly) forgive yourself for your unearned privileges—a home, a few close people, tolerance of solitude, money and fo...

© Katharine Dain 2021