Malinda Wagstaff is a warmhearted soprano with a big, beautiful voice pursuing her master’s degree at Indiana University under the tutelage of Carol Vaness. At IU, Malinda has performed as First Lady in “Die Zauberflöte” and in the ensembles of “Falstaff” and “La Rondine.” In Carol Vaness’s Opera Workshop, she performed the role of Manon in act two of “Manon Lescaut.” In 2022, she will perform as Gertrud in IU Opera Theatre’s Hänsel and Gretel.
Malinda earned her bachelor’s degree with high distinction from the Eastman School of Music with an Arts Leadership Certificate. While at Eastman, she prepared the role of Beggar Woman in “Sweeney Todd” (cancelled due to Covid-19). She also performed as Angel More in “The Mother of Us All” and La Chouette in “L’enfant et les Sortilèges.”
Malinda has participated in the Prague Summer Nights Festival, Harrower Summer Opera Festival, and the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival.
Recent awards include an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Oregon District and a first prize award in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s Young Artist Competition.
Malinda also serves as a teaching artist and the vice president of “What is Opera, Anyway?”