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 2014, Katrina will be joining Portland Opera as a Resident Artist in their 50th Anniversary Season. She will be performing the roles of Ida (Die Fledermaus), Frasquita (Carmen), and Adult Kim (Show Boat) while also covering Adele (Die Fledermaus) and Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress). Returning to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis this past summer, she debuted the role of Papagena in Isaac Mizrahi's production of The Magic Flute and covered the role of Sister Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Over this past year Katrina was a member of the Boston University Opera Institute as a soprano-in-residence singing the roles of Diana in Jonathan Dove's Siren Song and Rosalba in Daniel Catán's Florencia en el amazonas. The previous summer, Ms. Galka made her professional debut with OTSL as a 2013 Gerdine Young Artist playing the role of Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance, while also covering the role of Mabel. Other roles performed 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 Boston University; 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 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 The Messiah, 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 second place in the regional finals of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England region), regional finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan National Council Auditions (New England region), the Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Encouragement Award in the 2014 Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, second place in the 2012 Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition, first place in the North End Music and Performing Arts Center's 2014 Vocal Competition, finalist in the 2012 MetroWest Voice Competition, second place in the 2011 Dallas Opera Guild Competition, finalist in the National Opera Association’s Vocal Competition: Scholarship Division, first place in the 2011 Southern Methodist University’s Undergraduate Concerto Competition, and second place and the audience voice award in the 2010 Milwaukee Civic Music Association’s Collegiate Music 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 recently completed her MM in vocal performance from Boston University. She earned her BM in vocal performance from Southern Methodist University, where she attended with a full tuition academic scholarship. Ms. Galka has received additional training at 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.