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With charisma to spare and a haunting vocal clarity, soubrette soprano Katie Malik has been described as “a diva in a deceptively small package.” In 2017 she will perform the role of Brambilla in La Périchole at Tacoma Opera. Previous engagements at Tacoma Opera include Edith in The Pirates of Penzance, Betty in Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, The Cousin in Madama Butterfly, and a Gypsy Dancer in La Traviata. Previous roles include Peep-Bo and cover of Yum-Yum in The Mikado (Northwest Savoyards), as well as Chloe in Princess Ida (Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society), and Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun (Paradise Theatre).
During the summer of 2015 she sang a solo tour of churches in Sweden, where she became known through her participation in the hit TV show Allt för Sverige. Runner-up of the series, her inspirational story made her an audience favorite and she was brought back for a Christmas “Julspecial” episode.
Katie’s choral resume includes Le Comte Ory, Faust, Elisir d’Amore, La Fille du Regiment, Pagliacci, Il Turco in Italia and La Boheme (Tacoma Opera), Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, and Patience (Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society), and numerous concerts with the Seattle Symphony Chorale and Opus7 Vocal Ensemble. Also an experienced liturgical singer, she served as a staff section leader and soloist at Epiphany Parish of Seattle and interim music director at St. Alban’s Episcopal, Edmonds.
Katie holds a BA in Music-Vocal Performance from Seattle Pacific University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, received the Philip J. Mack music scholarship, and performed as a soloist with the Chamber Singers on KING FM’s “Live by George.” She teaches yoga in the Gig Harbor area as well as voice in her private studio. Katie enjoys exploring the world and understanding other cultures through the richness of their music, but her favorite roles are usually saucy maids and cross-dressing little sisters.
Katie Malik was raised in Gig Harbor, WA, a small but historic fishing village in Pierce County, WA. The daughter of a boatbuilder, much of her youth was spent with dirt on her hands as she explored the beaches, forests and mountains of Puget Sound. She was active in community theatre from the age of five when she played her first role as Thumbelina in the musical “Hans Christian Anderson.” During her childhood she participated in numerous archery tournaments and ski school, but she also enjoyed academic programs like Odyssey of the Mind and Future Problem Solving, and she is unreasonably proud of winning her school’s spelling bee in 7th grade.
As a member of the University Scholars honors program at Seattle Pacific University, her studies centered on the way the worldview of a culture is reflected in music and science. Instead of pursuing a degree in the physical sciences as planned, she chose to major in music and study music theory and vocal performance. She still retains an avid interest in science, particularly astronomy, and classifies stellar light curves for fun through the Planet Hunters citizen science project.
Katie and her husband, Joe, have been married since 2002 and live in Gig Harbor with their American Bulldog, Tor. The cluttered state of her living room is a testament to her varied interests in knitting, writing, mountaineering, and learning to speak Swedish.