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Biography

Steve Katona is a German countertenor, composer, actor, and artist from Berlin. He studied opera at the UdK Berlin and works at the nexus of various artistic disciplines. His work encompasses a syncretism of musical, performative, and experimental elements that strive to dissolve the boundaries between genres. As an opera singer, he debuted in one of the leading roles in Jamie Mans' opera "Zelle: wenn es dunkel wird," which was premiered at deSingel in Antwerp (BE), with further performances at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia (ES), the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon (PT), and the Theater Casino in Zug (CH). He made his debut as a composer with his piece "Strings" at the "Musik Installationen" festival in Nuremberg (DE). As part of the Athens Epidaurus Festival and the Ziria Festival in Greece, he appeared in Michail Marmarinos' theater production of "Trackers," an ancient drama by Sophocles, in the role of Hermes. Performances took place at the ancient theaters of Epidaurus, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, and Mount Kyllene. In the 23/24 and 24/25 season, he can be seen in Theresa Thomasberger's theater production "Männerfantasien," based on Klaus Theweleit's work, at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. From 2022 to 2023, he was a fellow of the German Music Fund, working on his own artistic projects and compositions. Katona was invited by the Moderna Museet in Stockholm to participate in the 2024 Biennale di Venezia at the Nordic Pavilion, collaborating with the Swedish artist Lap See Lam, the Norwegian Composer Dr. Tze Yeung Ho, and the Finnish-based Artist Kholod Hawash, portraying the role of The Eel in the Altersea Opera. Katona will appear at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, joining the Multidisciplinary Residency of the Académie, with a final concert on the 7th of July 2024. 

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