Dolora Zajick is that rare voice type, a true dramatic Verdi mezzo who has sung the three big Verdi roles, Azucena, Amneris and Eboli (in “Trovatore”, “Aida” and “Don Carlo” respectively) all over the world. She has performed with such companies as the Metropolitan, Chicago’s Lyric, the San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Italy’s La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, London’s Covent Garden, Berlin’s Staatsoper, and the companies of Naples, Florence, Barcelona, Rome, Bilbao, Madrid, the Orange Festival, Rome’s Caracalla Festival, and at Verona’s Arena.
In addition to the above Verdi roles, to which she added Ulrica in Ballo in Maschera and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, she has sung the Princess in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Joan of Tchaikovsky’s Joan of Arc, Marfa in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshschina, Jesibaba in Dvorak’s Rusalka, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Adalgisa in Norma, and the title-role of Massenet’s Herodiade. Other roles on her immediate future schedule are Donizetti’s La Favorita, and Dalila in Saint-Saens’ Samson et Dalila.
She has appeared in opera and in concert with some of the world’s foremost conductors, among the James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, James Conlon, Mstislav Rostropovich, Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Daniele Gatti, Bruno Bartoletti, to mention a few.
Among her recordings are “Aida”, “Trovatore” and “Don Carlo”, all three with maestro Levine and the Met Opera forces (for Sony), “La Forza del Destino” and the Verdi Requiem, both with maestro Muti (for EMI), “Alexander Nevsky” with maestro Rostropovich and “Herodiade” with maestro Gergiev both also for Sony.
On television she has been seen in “Aida” and “Trovatore” both from the Met, and on more than one occasion in the Verdi Requiem. She has also been seen on several televised Richard Tucker Galas (having been a winner herself), on two “Pavarotti Plus” galas, and on James Levine’s 25th Met Opera Anniversary Gala.
Ms. Zajick’s Telarc debut entitled Dolora Zajick Opera Arias will be released in July 2000.