The Oregonian praises soprano Katrina Galka for her recent performances of Adina in L’elisir d’amore, exclaiming that she “looked like a young Glenn Close, projecting power over Nemorino as she thrilled with fine coloratura filigree and pure high notes.” In the 2016-17 season, she sings her first performances of Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail in her debut with Atlanta Opera. She also joins Arizona Opera as the First Wood Nymph in Rusalka, Clorinda in La cenerentola, and for its world premiere of Bohlmer’s The Riders of the Purple Sage while with the company as a studio artist and Dallas Opera as Voice I in Cuomo's Arjuna's Dilemma, presented as the company hosts the annual Opera America conference. In the summer, she will join The Glimmerglass Festival in her first baroque role, Atalanta in Serse. Next season, she will return to Arizona Opera as Cunegonde in Candide, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Woglinde in Das Rheingold, and a quartet of roles in Morganelli’s Hercules vs Vampires as well as to Portland Opera for her role debut as Gilda in Rigoletto and sings Handel’s Messiah with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
The soprano recently completed two years as a resident artist with Portland Opera. While there, she sang a host of role debuts that include Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Elvira in L’italiana in Algeri, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Frasquita in Carmen, Adult Kim in Show Boat, and Ida in Die Fledermaus – while covering Adele. She sang prior performances of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Isabel – while also covering Mabel – in The Pirates of Penzance, and covered Soeur Constance in The Dialogues of the Carmelites with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, at which she has been both a Festival Artist and a Gerdine Young Artist. She joined the CoOperative Program as Marie in La fille du régiment and sang the Cat in Schuller’s The Fisherman and his Wife with Odyssey Opera and the Boston Modern Opera Project.
On the concert stage, she has joined the Rhode Island Civic Chorale for the Angel in Respighi's Laude to the Nativity and Handel's Messiah. She sang Elvira in excerpts of L’italiana in Algeri with the Oregon Symphony and Violetta in excerpts of La traviata with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. She sang her first performances of Cunegonde in an evening of concert excerpts from Candide at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. With various Dallas-based chamber ensembles and orchestras, she has sung Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, and Bach’s St. John Passion. 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 is a three-time regional award winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is the first-place winner of the Mario Lanza Scholarship and has received further awards from the National Opera Association Vocal Competition, Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, and the Heida Hermanns International Vocal Competition.
She holds a Master of Music from Boston University, at which she sang Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto, and Rosalba in Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Southern Methodist University, from which she graduated summa cum laude.