Katharine Dain - Soprano
American soprano Katharine Dain, acclaimed for “thrilling,” “heart-piercing” performances, is becoming a sought-after concert and operatic artist in North America and Europe. 2015 highlights include a solo recital of Strauss, Marx, and Korngold in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw with pianist Reinild Mees, a return to Ireland’s West Cork Chamber Music Festival for performances of pieces by Gubaidulina and Ravel, and her Italian debut in Luigi Nono Il Canto Sospeso with the Teatro Comunale di Bologna under the baton of Roberto Abbado. She recently debuted with the Netherlands Opera (Talent Development Programme Artist 2014) in Claude Vivier Kopernikus (Coloratura Soprano); other opera appearances include Mozart Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), and Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor, the leads of Cavalli La Calisto (title role) and Giasone (Hypsipyle), and numerous contemporary operas, with companies such as Silbersee exVocaalLAB, Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Operadagen Rotterdam, Opera by Request, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Omnia, Capitol Opera Raleigh, Center for Contemporary Opera, and the Bard Music Festival.
With an extensive and varied repertoire in oratorio, Ms. Dain has appeared as soloist in Bach Mass is B minor,Matthäus-Passion, Weinachts-Oratorium and numerous cantatas, Handel Messiah, Dixit Dominus and Judas Maccabaeus, Mozart Requiem, Mass in C minor, Exsultate jubilate, Coronation Mass and Vesperae solennes de confessore, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Orff Carmina Burana, and many other large-scale works. She has been featured in concert with the Südwestradiofunkorchester Freiburg & Baden-Baden, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Sinfonica di Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Cappella Amsterdam, Alexandria Symphony, Springfield Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Collegiate Chorale, Masterwork Chorale, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, and numerous choruses in venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and Vienna’s Musikverein. She has also collaborated with the Mark Morris Dance Group (Purcell Dido and Aeneas, conducted by Morris) and New York City Ballet (a revival of the historic Jerome Robbins production of Stravinsky Les Noces).
Ms. Dain is rapidly establishing herself as a passionate and committed chamber musician, recitalist, and advocate for contemporary music. She recently jumped in for several high-profile performances of obscure repertoire on one or two days’ notice, including Nono Il Canto Sospeso in the 2014 Holland Festival under Ingo Metzmacher, John Tavener To a Child Dancing in the Wind at the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival (singing, according to a glowing review in the Irish Times, “as if the music might have been written just for her”), and songs of Joseph Marx and Erich Korngold in a Concertgebouw recital called a “miracle” by Place de l’Opéra. She has performed with pianists including Reinild Mees, Julius Drake, Sam Armstrong, Tom Poster, Jonathan Ware, and Renate Rohlfing and has worked in masterclasses and private settings with, among others, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Matthias Goerne, Dawn Upshaw, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Paul Sperry, Lucy Shelton, Edda Moser, and Wolfgang Holzmair. She has collaborated with numerous chamber groups, including the Carducci and Momenta quartets, Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam, Talea Ensemble, Oerknal!, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, North Country Chamber Players, and several groups of which she was a co-founder: Damask Ensemble, an up-and-coming vocal quartet in the Netherlands, and Lunatics at Large, a New York new-music ensemble lauded as “young, energetic and finely polished” by theNew York Times. She has also been featured in recital at the Ravinia Festival (Steans Fellow 2009), Bargemusic, New York Festival of Song, Joy in Singing’s composer series, and Songfest (Stern Fellow 2011). Ms. Dain is committed to educational outreach via yearly United States recital tours with the Piatigorsky Foundation, whose mission is to bring live classical performances into settings (schools, community centers, retirement homes) that rarely if ever see them.
Ms. Dain holds degrees from Harvard University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mannes College of Music, and she currently lives in the Netherlands.