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Residency of Katharine Dain

presented by Wonderfeel
Participating countries:
  • The Netherlands
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Music


  • From 01-06-2023 to 30-11-2023
Generation #1


Netherlands Open location

Project summary

In They have waited long enough 2023 writer and activist Ece Temelkuran gives voice to three women: the mythical Şahmaran, half serpent, half human and a symbol of female power; Kassia, born around 805 in Constantinople and the only female composer in Byzantine church music; and Suat Derviş, who, as an author and left-wing activist, always remained unflinchingly herself. Brand-new music by Meriç Artaç, Aida Shirazi and Kate Moore for soprano Katharine Dain and a colourful ensemble. As three festivals that consider contemporary music part of our DNA – Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Istanbul Music Festival and Wonderfeel – and that value the importance of innovation, development and renewal, we cannot overestimate the importance of Katharine Dain's ability to catapult this music into everyone's heart.
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Katharine Dain

Biography: 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).

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