Malinda Wagstaff
(She/Her) Malinda Wagstaff is a soprano with a master's degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Carol Vaness. She achieved her bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Ruth Hennessy. At IU, she performed Mutter in Hänsel und Gretel and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and the titular roles in Manon Lescaut and Tosca in Carol Vaness's and Heidi Grant Murphy's opera workshops. 
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Malinda Wagstaff

Malinda Wagstaff is a warmhearted soprano with a big, beautiful voice who just completed her master’s degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Carol Vaness. At IU, Malinda has performed as Mutter in "Hänsel und Gretel" and 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.” 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” with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and La Chouette in “L’enfant et les Sortilèges” with Eastman Opera Theatre. Malinda has participated in the Prague Summer Nights Festival, Harrower Summer Opera Festival, and the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival. Recent awards include a first prize award at Musicfest, an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Oregon District, and a first prize award in the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition. Malinda also serves as a teaching artist and the vice president of “What is Opera, Anyway?”






Spokane, WA, USA

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2023 - Present
Private voice lessons for a variety of students
Rochester, NY

Classical Radio Intern

2020 - 2020
Interned with the classical radio organization. Updated the website. Wrote program highlights. Published and created blog posts on various topics relating to classical music within the local community.

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