Dolora Zajick has been internationally acclaimed as that rare voice type – a true dramatic Verdi mezzo-soprano – typified by the composer's most famous and difficult mezzo-soprano roles of Azucena in Il trovatore, Amneris in Aida, and Eboli in Don Carlo.
Dolora Zajick has sung these roles with such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden, Berlin’s Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, the opera companies of Naples, Florence, Barcelona, Rome, Bilbao, Munich, Madrid, the Salzburg and Orange Festivals, and the mammoth Arena di Verona.
In addition to the above Verdi roles to which she also has added Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, she has sung the Princess de Bouillon in Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur, Marfa in Moussorgsky's Khovanshchina, Jezibaba in Dvořák's Rusalka, Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana, Adalgisa in Norma, and the title roles in Tchaikovsky's Maid of Orleans, Donizetti's Italian and French versions of La favorite, Dalila in Saint-Saens's Samson et Dalila, and Massenet's Hérodiade. She has appeared in opera and concert with some of the foremost conductors of today, which include Bruno Bartoletti, James Conlon, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the late Mstislav Rostropovich.
Ms. Zajick was seen last season as Amneris in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera in the high-definition simulcast and returned to the Vienna State Opera in one of her signature roles as Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana. She also reprised her highly acclaimed performance of Eboli in Don Carlo with Teatro alla Scala on tour in Japan. With the Arizona Opera, she performed in “A Concert of Signature Arias” along with Christine Brewer, Stuart Neill, and Gordon Hawkins featuring arias and duets from Don Carlo, Macbeth, Norma, and Lohengrin.
Future seasons will see her at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, San Francisco Opera, Arena di Verona, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, as well as performances in Barcelona at the Liceu and Orange in France.
Ms. Zajick’s recordings include Aida, Il trovatore and Don Carlo on Sony Classical and conducted by James Levine; La forza del destino and the Verdi Requiem with Riccardo Muti on EMI; Alezander Nevsky with Mstislav Rostropovich and Hérodiade with Valery Gergiev, both on Sony Classical; and Rusalka with Sir Charles Mackerras on Decca. On Telarc, her solo disc entitled 'Dolora Zajick: The Art of the Dramatic Mezzo-soprano' contains not only the dramatic mezzo-soprano arias for which she is famous, but also coloratura mezzo-soprano arias by Rossini and dramatic sopranos arias.
Oregon-born but Nevada raised, Dolora Zajick studied voice with Ted Puffer, the conductor and former Artistic Director of the Nevada Opera, as well as professor at the Manhattan School of Music. She came to his attention when she joined the chorus of the Nevada Opera, while she was in pre-med at the University of Nevada. Switching to music she eventually graduated from the University with both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in music, before going to New York for further music studies at the Manhattan School of Music. After winning the Bronze Medal at the 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and being accepted in the San Francisco Opera's Merola Program, she made her major operatic debut with the San Francisco Opera as Azucena in Il trovatore.
Dolora Zajick is represented by Intermusica in the UK
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