Malinda Wagstaff is a warmhearted soprano with a passion for storytelling. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in vocal performance at Indiana University under the tutelage of Carol Vaness.

Malinda has been seen on the IU stage in three performances so far. Wagstaff was featured as First Lady in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.” She also sang in the ensemble for “La Rondine” and Falstaff. In Carol Vaness’s opera workshop during the spring of 2022, Malinda will perform as Manon Lescaut in Act 2 of “Manon Lescaut” by Puccini. Previously, Malinda received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Ruth Hennessy. While studying at Eastman, Malinda performed as Angel More in “The Mother of Us All” with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She was scheduled to perform as Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd prior to its cancellation due to Covid-19.

Malinda prepared Suor Angelica for the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. She also sang in the ensemble for “Don Giovanni” and “Le Nozze di Figaro” with the Prague Summer Nights Festival. This experience gave her a passion for learning Czech music and more about Czech Opera.

Malinda has been a teaching artist for What is Opera, Anyway? since its founding. She currently serves as Vice President of the Organization. She is also featured on several of their podcast episodes.

Malinda has been awarded several prizes recently, including an encouragement award from the Oregon District of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition. She was granted 1st place in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s Young Artist Competition in 2020. Wagstaff was awarded 2nd place in the Musicfest Northwest competition of 2019.

When she is not singing, Malinda loves cooking, reading, water-skiing, and petting as many dogs as she can.