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

As the fortune-teller Madame Ulrica in the Met’s Un ballo in maschera

April 27, 2015|Reviews
“Dolora Zajick also returned to give a star cameo turn as Madame Ulrica the fortune-teller. Nobody does gypsies and fortune-tellers like Zajick and her husky voice can still rise to dark heights of ominous foreboding.” (Huffington Post, 24 April 2015) “Mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick was a powerful force of nature in the contralto role of Ulrica as she predicted Gustavo’s impending death,” (Classical Source, 24 April 2015) “[Dolora Zajick] makes a formidable Ulrica, the fortune teller, wonderfully costumed here as a dowdy lady with a black purse, thick overcoat and orthopedic shoes.” (New York Times, 24 April 2015) “And who else would sing Ulrica but Dolora Zajick? She is nearly ageless, this mezzo. Her Ulrica has long been spooky, canny, and potent. Those qualities remain (yes, including the potency). She was incisive and commanding. That she knows the part is an understatement. Sitting in the house, I had a thought about Zajick: She is famed for the Verdi roles of Ulrica, Azucena, Amneris, and Eboli. (I’m probably leaving out a few.) She is Jezibaba in Rusalka (Dvorak). But I have never been more impressed by her than I was when she was Adalgisa, the mezzo in a bel canto masterpiece, Bellini’s Norma. And, to tell you the truth, the composer meant Adalgisa to be a soprano role. Zajick had those notes, in spades.” (New Criterion, 24 April 2015) “Dolora Zajick brought a suitably tough persona and rich chest-tones to the sleaze of the fortune-teller Ulrica.” (Financial Times, 27 April 2015)

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