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

“The wonderful, veteran mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick was, pushed around in a wheel chair and singing with an enormous sound and a pleasing, hard edge that captured the character’s authority.” (New York Classical Review, 26 April 2017) “Dolora Zajick invested Senta’s nurse Mary with considerable authority while travelling the stage in a wheelchair…” (George Loomis, Musical […]

“One surprise was the opportunity to hear one of the world’s top Verdian mezzos, Dolora Zajick, as Mrs. Grose, the bewildered housekeeper… She makes certain that her voice fits perfectly in the small ensemble and offers a clear difference in sound to Bell’s equally formidable soprano.” (Theatre Jones, 19 March 2017) “…exquisite high pianissimos, and […]

“Dolora Zajick is astonishing.  Wikipedia tells me she is sixty-two. Here is one of those mezzo voices that become more authoritative every year that passes.  Audience members were almost diving under their seats with the dark power of her incantations.  You won’t find a finer Ulrica anywhere.  Stunning.  Just what it needs to be.” (Seen […]

Dolora was presented with a commemorative golden anvil by General Manager Peter Gelb at Saturday’s performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore in which she sings Azucena. She made her Met debut in 1988 in the same role and remains the definitive interpreter of Azucena, having sung it more than any other artist in Met history. Dolora has sung […]

“The powerhouse mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, who made her 1988 Met debut in this opera as Azucena, still owns this role, the Gypsy haunted by the horrific memory of seeing her mother burned at the stake.” (New York Times, 27 September 2015) “It is difficult to imagine anyone other than Dolora Zajick as Azucena, as she […]

“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 […]

Virtual Harmony is a documentary account about the music and production of a virtual choir as part of the August 2014 celebrations presented by the Carmelite Family of the Western US to mark the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa’s birth. Dolora Zajick and Sister Claire conceived the opportunity to unite the Carmelite community across the […]

“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 […]

Huffington Post Interview

February 20, 2015|Profiles

Dolora spoke to the Huffington Post’s Susan Dormady Eisenberg about her career path, her role debut as Madame de Croissy, the ailing prioress, in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites at the Washington National Opera, her devotion to training young dramatic voices through IYDV, her involvement with the Carmelites in Reno, and her interest in avian […]

In a wide-ranging interview, Dolora talks to Anne about her role debut in the WNO’s upcoming Dialogues of the Carmelites, the importance of training the next generation of dramatic voices and composing. Click here to read the full interview.