Voice and Opera / Performance
Hailed as a “force of nature” (Variety), 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. With her expressive vocal palette, seamless technique, and ability to communicate even the most complex character, Ms. Zajick is particularly renowned for her interpretations of Azucena in Il trovatore, Amneris in Aida, and Eboli in Don Carlo on the world’s greatest stages. She has appeared in opera and concert with some of the foremost conductors of today, including Anthony Pappano, the late Bruno Bartoletti, James Conlon, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the late Mstislav Rostropovich.
Ms. Zajick’s extensive discography features recordings of Aida, Il trovatore, Don Carlo, Alexander Nevsky, Hérodiade, La forza del destino, the Verdi Requiem, Rusalka, and Dolora Zajick: The Art of the Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano. DVDs include multiple live productions of Aida, Don Carlo, and Il trovatore.
A passionate vocal pedagogue, Ms. Zajick founded the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices in 2006. A training program for large or unusual voices, it is designed to help nurture and develop young singers according to their unique needs, and to help them reach the world stage.