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Biography

Steve Katona is a German countertenor and artist from Berlin. He studied opera at the UdK-Berlin and works in a nexus of different artistic disciplines. His work encompasses a syncretism of musical, performative and experimental elements that strives to dissolve the boundaries between genres.

As an opera singer, he made his debut singing a main role in Jamie Man's opera “Zelle: Wenn es dunkel wird” , which premiered at DeSingle in Antwerp (BE) and had further performances at Palau de les Arts in Valencia (ES), the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon (PT) and at the Theater Casino in Zug (CH).

He made an appearance in Pan Daijing's experimental music theater "Tissues", which took place at the Tate Modern Museum for Contemporary Art in London firstly. The record of “Tissues”, in which he also participated as a singer, was released by Pan Records in 2020. He also took part in her performance "Dead Time Blue", which took place as a part of the Berliner Festspiele at Martin Gropius Bau, as well as in her piece "Metabolic Rift", which was shown at the Berlin Atonal Festival.

Following the Athens Epidaurus Festival and the Ziria Festival in Greece, he has appeared in Mikhail Marmarino's production of “Trackers”, an ancient drama by Sophocles, representing the role of Hermes. The performances took place in the ancient theater of Epudauros, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens and on Mount Kyllini.

He made his debut as a composer at the “Musik Installationen Nürnberg  Festival” with his composition and performance "Strings".

Since December 2022 he holds a scholarship from the German Music Fund and is currently working on his own artistic projects, including the composition and realization of his chamber opera "Hypatia".

He also appeared in Bill Bultheel's performance "When Doves Cry" as part of the art series “Disappearing Berlin” in cooperation with the Schinkelpavillion Berlin and participated in his performances "Invisible Hand" and "33Plugged”, which took place at the “Paf Festival for Contemporary Art” in Olomouc (CZ).

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