Boston University College of Fine Arts Soprano named Second Place Winner 2014 by The Metropolitan Opera BU School of Music and BU Opera Institute student, Katrina Galka, wins at the New England Regional National Council Auditions
Boston, MA – Boston University College of Fine Arts alumna and soprano, Katrina Galka, was awarded Second Place Winner 2014 in the New England Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Jordan Hall.
Sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera, the National Council Auditions Program, is designed to “find exceptionally talented opera singers and to assist them in their development, to discover new talent for the Metropolitan Opera, and to search for possible participants in the Young Artist Development Program of the Met.”
Galka earned a B.M. degree from Southern Methodist University, where she attended with a full academic scholarship, and a M.M. degree from Boston University, where she is now in her first year at Boston University Opera Institute. Studying under Penelope Bitzas, Associate Professor of Music, Voice, at Boston University, Galka has performed in several BU Opera Institute productions including the roles of “Diana” in Jonathan Dove’s Siren Song, “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.
“Katrina’s beautiful voice and compelling artistry poise her for a stellar career,” remarks Bitzas.
Applicants of the New England Council Auditions “must have a voice with operatic potential; exceptional quality, range, projection, charisma, communication and natural beauty,” and be “prepared to sing five operatic arias in the original languages and keys and in more than one language and contrasting styles.”
Last summer Galka made her professional debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist. While there she played the role of “Isabel” in The Pirates of Penzance while also covering the role of “Mabel.” This upcoming summer she will return to OTSL as a Gerdine Young Artist, Festival Artist singing the role of “Papagena” in The Magic Flute and covering “Sister Constance” in The Dialogues of the Carmelites. Among Galka’s competition experience includes being a 2013 Regional finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions (New England region) and second place in the 2012 Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition.
Following this most recent win, Galka will next be featured in the role of “Rosalba” in BU Opera Institute’s production of Florencia en el Amazonas. Loosely inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, the Daniel Catán opera follows the story of Florencia Grimaldi, an aging opera singer who embarks upon a steamboat journey down the Amazon River. As the journey progresses, the boat is beset by pink rain, foul waters, and the threat of a cholera epidemic. As Florencia and her fellow travelers are carried deeper into the jungle, they experience various revelations, until finally the diva’s spirit is transformed into a vast, emerald butterfly. Directed by William Lumpkin, the production runs February 20-23, 2014 at the Boston University Theatre.
“Katrina is a spectacular talent on her way to an extraordinary career,” says Lumpkin, Artistic Director of Boston University Opera Institute and Opera Programs.
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