Katrina Galka, lyric coloratura soprano, has been recognized for her "fearless and courageous" performances and her "fine coloratura filigree and pure high notes." Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ms. Galka has had a long time passion for music and performing that began in musical theatre and has since expanded to the operatic stage.
Joining Arizona Opera for their 2016/2017 season as a Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist, she will return in the 2017/2018 season to sing Cunegonde in Candide, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Woglinde in Das Rheingold, Shepherd Boy in Tosca, and Medea, Zarathusa, Chained Woman & Helena in Hercules vs Vampires. This season she made her debut with the company singing First Wood Sprite in Rusalka and Clorinda in La Cenerentola. Ms. Galka also spent two years with Portland Opera as a Resident Artist appearing onstage as Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Elvira in Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri, Papagena in The Magic Flute, Ida in Die Fledermaus, Frasquita in Carmen, and Adult Kim in Show Boat.
This summer, Ms. Galka joins the Glimmerglass Festival as a young artist where she sings Atalanta in Xerxes and Kate in Oklahoma! In addition to her time with Arizona Opera, Ms. Galka will round out her 2017/2018 season with performances of Gilda in Portland Opera's Rigoletto and an appearance as a guest soloist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Other professional experience includes a recent performance as Voice I in Cuomo's concert work, Arjuna's Dilemma, with The Dallas Opera as a part of the Opera America conference, a debut in 2016 as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with The Atlanta Opera, and two summers spent with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist performing the roles of Papagena in Isaac Mizrahi's production of The Magic Flute and Isabel inThe Pirates of Penzance. Other roles performed include Marie (La fille du régiment), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld), Elisa (Il Re Pastore), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Diana (Siren Song), Rosalba (Florencia en el amazons), Mrs. Julian (Owen Wingrave), Aurore (Le portrait de Manon), Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), and Serpina (La serva padrona).
In concert, Ms. Galka has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony (Portland, OR). Ms. Galka performed and recorded the role of "the Cat" from Gunther Schuller's The Fisherman and His Wife with BMOP under the baton of Gil Rose. With RICCO, Ms. Galka has sung the Angel in Respighi's Laude to the Nativity and the Soprano Soloist in Handel's Messiah. Ms. Galka has also appeared in concert singing the soprano solos from Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, and Bach’s St. John Passion with various chamber ensembles and orchestras in the Dallas area. In 2011, Katrina performed in the east coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s Pieces of 9/11 as the Girl Soprano, with Mr. Heggie at the piano.
Ms. Galka’s competition experience includes prizes from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Eastern, New England, and Northwest regions), Jensen Foundation, Mario Lanza Scholarship Competition (1st place), Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition, National Opera Association Vocal Competition, North End Music and Performing Arts Center, MetroWest Voice Competition, Dallas Opera Guild Competition, Milwaukee Civic Music Association’s Collegiate Music Competition, and first place in Southern Methodist University’s Undergraduate Concerto Competition. She is also a 2007 YoungArts Level I award winner in musical theatre and was also awarded the opportunity to sing as a soloist at the John F. Kennedy Center as a winner of the 2007 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts honor.
Ms. Galka holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Boston University and a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Southern Methodist University, graduating summa cum laude and attending with a full tuition academic scholarship. Ms. Galka has received additional training from the Boston University Opera Institute, CoOperative Program, Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival, and at the Castleton Festival, where she trained under the baton of Lorin Maazel as a member of the C.A.T.S. Training Seminar.