Praised for both her "richly-colored top register" and "ravishing lower voice" (Classical Voice North Carolina), Ukrainian-born soprano Katya Gruzglina has been grabbing audiences' attention throughout the United States and abroad with her adept artistry and eclectic repertoire.
A versatile performer, Katya is deeply passionate about exploring contemporary and early music repertoire. In 2012, she performed John Cage's Litany for the Whale as part of The FOCUS Festival honoring the composer's centennial. The same year, she was selected for a residence with Emma Kirkby, culminating in a collaboration with lutenist Jakob Lindberg and Juilliard 415. In 2014, she collaborated with composer Paul English, premiering his cycle for soprano, flute, and piano “Music of the Sphere: On the Poems of Jalalu’ddin Rumi.” The 2016-17 season brought Katya to National Sawdust, where she performed Worker 2 in the world premier of Juliet Palmer’s Sweat with Center for Contemporary Opera.
Katya's operatic roles include Serpetta in Mozart's La finta giardiniera; Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Banff Festival; Judge 1 in John Musto's Volpone, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte (Opera Cooperative); Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (New Jersey State Repertory Opera) and Edwige in Pacini’s Malvina di Scozia with Vertical Player Repertory. Most recently, Katya was seen as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin and Kupava in the west coast premiere of Rimsky Korsakov's Snow Maiden with Independent Opera Company.
Passionate about chamber music, Katya was the vocalist in residence at the Incontri Musicali Chamber Festival in Spoleto, Italy in 2015 and 2016, where she performed repertoire ranging from Handel’s Venus and Adonis to John Tavener’s Akhmatova Songs. Katya was awarded a 2016 New Young Artist fellowship at the Victoria Bach Festival, and was a Professional Fellow at Songfest in summers 2016 and 2017. In the 2017-2018 season, Katya made numerous appearances with Chamber Music Silicon Valley, where she was a 2017 Artist-in-Residence.
In the 2017-18 season, Katya became a member of the de Angeles Vocal Ensemble specializing in early music and presented a concert of Jewish Baroque Music with the Concertino New York Chamber Ensemble.
Katya has a busy and varied 2019-2020 season ahead. She is on voice faculty at Fullerton College and will be performing with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and early music ensemble L.A Camerata in a program of Jewish early music. In January, Katya will return to Cal Poly’s Bach Week as the Soprano II soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass and will be touring Christmas From a Celtic Table, a solo concert of Celtic music with Kerry Irish Productions. Katya holds a Bachelors Music from The Juilliard School and a Masters of Music from Rice University.