American soprano Katharine Dain, acclaimed for “thrilling,” “heart-piercing” performances (Irish Times), is increasingly sought-after as a concert and operatic singer throughout Europe and North America. Opera credits include Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor (title role), Mozart Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), and Madame Herz/Goldentrill (Der Schauspieldirektor), the leads of Cavalli La Calisto (title role) and Giasone (Hypsipyle), and numerous contemporary pieces. She recently debuted with the Netherlands Opera in Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus; she has also worked with Silbersee (VocaalLAB), Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Operadagen Rotterdam, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Omnia, Center for Contemporary Opera, and the Bard Music Festival. 2018 will see her role debut as Konstanze in Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail in a new production that will tour to the opera houses of Clermont-Ferrand, Avignon, Rouen, Reims, and Massy.
Katharine has extensive experience in oratorio, song, and chamber music and is a passionate advocate of the contemporary repertoire. She has been featured with the Sinfonia Teatro Comunale di Bologna under Roberto Abbado, Südwestradiofunkorchester Freiburg & Baden-Baden under Ingo Metzmacher, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble under Reinbert de Leeuw, Nieuw Ensemble under Ed Spanjaard, and as soloist in most of the standard oratorio repertoire with groups including Alexandria Symphony, Springfield Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Cappella Amsterdam, the Mark Morris Dance Group and New York City Ballet. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and at festivals including the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Aldeburgh, Holland Festival, Ravinia Festival (Steans Fellow), and the New York Festival of Song.
She has co-founded several chamber groups, most recently Damask Vocal Quartet, and has a special love for recital repertoire; favorite partners include Julius Drake, Sam Armstrong, Reinild Mees, Renate Rohlfing, and Tom Poster. Ms. Dain was educated at Harvard University (Boston), the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), and Mannes College of Music (New York), and she currently lives in the Netherlands.