...Coming Up Soon

Saturday, May 10, 2014 | 3:00PM
Poulenc: La voix humaine / Menotti: The Telephone
with Barbara Paterson & Brad Lassiter
Ida K. Lang Hall at Hunter College

Later this Spring...

Thursday, May 15-17, 2014
Mahler: Symphony No. 3
New York Philharmonic
Avery Fisher Hall (New York, NY)

Danya Katok, originally from State College, PA, is a vibrant soprano whose shimmering vocal quality, keen musicianship, and compelling stage presence have led her to burst onto the contemporary classical music scene. She made her New York City Opera debut in April 2011 as Max in Oliver Knussen's Where the Wild Things Are, a role for which she was praised by The New York Times as being “superb” and “appealing.”  In 2010, she appeared as a soloist with The Boston Pops under the baton of Keith Lockhart in “An Evening of Cole Porter” alongside Broadway legend Kelli O'Hara. Other highlights of recent years include Soprano Soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, Judy in Lee Hoiby’s This is the rill speaking with Chelsea Opera, and choral performances with Musica Sacra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and New York Philharmonic.

Always eager to perform 20th and 21st century music, Danya has been involved with many new works and premieres, including Soprano Soloist in Knussen's Requiem: Songs for Sue with Tanglewood Music Center, Soprano Soloist in the world premiere of Stuart Paul Duncan's Lament with Cornell's Festival Chamber Orchestra, Arlen Specter in Melissa Dunphy's Gonzales Cantata at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Soprano Soloist in the East coast premiere of James Sproul's Dream Cycle on poems of Emily Dickinson, Dora Bauer in Melissa Shiflett's Dora at the Baltimore Theatre Project, and Soprano Soloist in Michael Strauss' oratorio Sasafrass Dawn with members of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony.  Other theatrical credits include Governess in The Turn of the Screw with Peabody Opera Theatre, Adele in Die Fledermaus with New York Lyric Opera Theatre, and the title role in Little Red Riding Hood with Crested Butte Music Festival.  Thoroughly comfortable as a cross-over performer, some of Danya’s musical theatre credits include Anne/Mae (u.s.) in the world premiere of O Night Divine at the York Theatre (Off-Broadway), Anna (u.s.) in The King & I, and Anne Egerman in scenes from A Little Night Music, both with Ash Lawn Opera Festival.  In the summer of 2011, she performed as a jazz singer with Mark Morris Dance Group at Jacob Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires.  She has since performed with MMDG twice more, as Commère in Four Saints in Three Acts at Brooklyn Academy of Music and as a soloist in The Muir, set to Beethoven folksong arrangements.

Danya has been the recipient of numerous prizes in competitions, including Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions (Mid-Atlantic Region), Winner of the Grace B. Jackson Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center, Finalist in the 2nd Annual Teaneck Opera Competition, Winner of the Baltimore Music Club Vocal Competition (Senior Division), Finalist in the Vocal Arts Society Art Song Discovery Series Auditions (Washington D.C.), Winner of the Phyllis Bryn-Julson Prize for Commitment to and Performance of 20th/21st Century Music, Finalist in the Civic Morning Musicals Competition for Voice (Syracuse, NY), and Winner of the Ernst Bacon Prize for Best Performance of an American Art Song (Syracuse, NY).  Danya was a two-time Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, a Young Artist at Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and the first-ever New Voices in American Song Fellow at SongFest.  She graduated from Penn State University in 2007 with degrees in Music and Sociology and then went on to earn her Master of Music at Peabody Conservatory where she studied with soprano Ah Hong.  She currently teaches voice at Brooklyn College and is a doctoral candidate at The CUNY Graduate Center.  While in New York, she studied voice with former Metropolitan Opera soprano Rita Shane. 

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