Katrina Galka, lyric coloratura soprano, has been recognized for her "fearless and courageous" performances and elegant musical interpretations. 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 opera stage.
This fall of 2015, Ms. Galka rejoined Portland Opera as a Resident Artist for her second season with the company. With the advent of their festival season in 2016, she will debut the roles of Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Elvira in Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri. With Portland Opera, she will also be reprising the role of Papagena in a production revival of Maurice Sendak's 1981 designs for Houston Grand Opera.
Last season with Portland Opera, Katrina sang Adina in L'elisir d'amore to wonderful reception. Opera News reviewed the show saying it was "vibrant, tightly cohesive, perfectly cast" and stated that Ms. Galka "inflected so precisely that Adina's every emotion could be heard, including an infusion of warmth when she capitulated." Further roles with Portland Opera include Ida (Die Fledermaus), Frasquita (Carmen), and Adult Kim (Show Boat) while also covering Adele (Die Fledermaus) and Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress). While spending two summers at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist, Katrina debuted the role of Papagena in Isaac Mizrahi's production of The Magic Flute, covered the role of Sister Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and performed the role of Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance while also covering Mabel.
Ms. Galka spent a year with the Boston University Opera Institute as a soprano-in-residence where she has sung the roles of Diana in Jonathan Dove's Siren Song and Rosalba in Daniel Catán's Florencia en el amazons. Additional roles include Mrs. Julian in Owen Wingrave, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, Aurore in Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon and Carolina in Domenico Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto with the Boston University Opera Institute; Marie in La fille du régiment with the CoOperative Program; Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Elisa in Il Re Pastore with Southern Methodist University; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with the Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival; and Serpina in La serva padrona with Metroplex Opera Company (Dallas).
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). This fall, 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 she rejoined the group this November as the Soprano Soloist in Handel's Messiah. In 2011, Ms. Galka performed at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas singing the role of Cunegonde in an evening of concert excerpts from Bernstein's Candide. 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 performing at the piano.
Ms. Galka’s competition experience includes prizes from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England and Northwest regions), Jensen Foundation, Mario Lanza Scholarship Competition (1st place), Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition, North End Music and Performing Arts Center, MetroWest Voice Competition, Dallas Opera Guild Competition, National Opera Association Vocal 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 a two-time award winner in the Texoma region of NATS, as well as a two-time first place winner of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Scholarship Audition. Katrina also was 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, where she attended with a full tuition academic scholarship. Ms. Galka has received additional training from the 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. With the Castleton Festival, Ms. Galka traveled to Muscat, Oman where she performed in La Bohème at the Royal Opera House of Muscat.