Praised for both her “richly-colored top register” and “ravishing lower voice” (Classical Voice North Carolina), Ukranian-born soprano Katya Gruzglina has been grabbing audiences’ attention throughout the United States and abroad with her adept artistry and eclectic repertoire.
An alumna of The Juilliard School and Rice University, Katya excels in both contemporary and early music. In 2012, she performed 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 residency with Emma Kirkby, culminating in a collaboration with lutenist Jakob Lindberg and Juilliard 415.
Katya’s operatic roles include Serpetta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and the Spirit in Dido and Aeneas (Juilliard Opera Workshop); Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Banff Festival); Judge 1 in John Musto’s Volpone, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Rice); 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 (Vertical Player Repertory).
Katya’s passion for new music has led her to many exciting projects. 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 Sweat with Center for Contemporary Opera.
A 2015 finalist for the NOA Opera Competition, she was also 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.
Having recently relocated from New York City to Los Angeles, Katya has a busy and varied season ahead. She is a 2017 Artist in Residence with Chamber Music Silicon Valley and a member of the De Angelis vocal ensemble specializing in early music. She will also be singing Adina in The Elixir of Love with Orange County Opera. She was most recently seen as Christine Daae in Into The Film’s immersive staging of the classic silent film,The Phantom of the Opera.