Steve Katona is a German countertenor, composer, and artist from Berlin. He studied opera at the UdK Berlin and works across a nexus of different artistic disciplines. His work encompasses a syncretism of musical, performative, and experimental elements, striving to dissolve the boundaries between genres.
As an opera singer, he made his debut in one of the leading roles in Jamie Mans' opera "Zelle: Wenn es dunkel wird," which premiered at deSingel in Antwerp (BE) and had 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 also performed in Pan Daijing's experimental music theater piece "Tissues," which premiered at the Tate Modern Museum for Contemporary Arts in London, and is featured on the album of the same name released by Pan Records.
His debut as a composer was 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' production of "Trackers," an ancient drama by Sophocles, in the role of Hermes. Performances took place at the ancient theater of Epidaurus, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, and Mount Kyllene.
From 2022 to 2023, he was a fellow of the German Music Fund and worked on his own artistic projects, including the composition of his chamber opera "Hypatia." In April 2023, he sang in Billy Bultheel's piece "Mount Analogue," which was performed at the Bourse de Commerce in Paris as part of the art installation "Tropeaolum" by Danh Vo. Other collaborations with Mr. Bultheel included projects such as "When Doves Cry," which took place as part of the art series "Disappearing Berlin" in cooperation with the Schinkel Pavillon Berlin, and "Invisible Hand."
As a member of the ensemble "33," he was also heard at the Rewire Festival in The Hague (NL) and the Paf Festivals for Contemporary Art in Olomouc (CZ).