A mezzo in a class by herself
(New York Times)

Dolora as Madame de Croissy in the Washington National Opera’s Dialogues of the Carmelites

February 23, 2015|Reviews
"If anyone can animate a scene, it’s Dolora Zajick, who offered a moving and powerful accounting of her first outing as Madame de Croissy, the Old Prioress, whose flawed and very human death, questioning God and raging against her fate, is one of the opera’s emotional centers. Zajick’s voice, with a hint of metal at the back of the upper notes and cavernous expansion in the lower ones, is still a couple of sizes bigger than most people’s, and as an actress, too, she delivered the goods." (Washington Post, 22 February 2015) "Mother Abbess (Madame de Croissy) played magnificently by Dolora Zajick gives us the most dramatic scene in the opera. Her character faces the greatest fear – that at the end of one’s life to feel abandoned by God. Her delirious unmasking of self is both torturous and spellbinding. Zajick’s voice, acting, and sheer presence carry the audience to a higher level of emotional truth than anything in the show." (DC Theatre Scene, 23 February 2015) 2015-02-20-WNO_Dialogues_of_the_Carmelites_2__photo_Scott_Suchman640x427

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