Dolora Zajick

— Mezzo-Soprano

"The legendary Dolora Zajick merits her own paragraph. While it is true that the voice of the mezzosoprano shows the weight of her long career, and the middle range is perhaps reduced, Zajick is still a powerful Azucena, with an extraordinary charisma and a strong grip on the public. Everything in her singing, her intonation seems real, born in that moment. This is a gift that only the greatest artists of history have and Zajick has been one for a very long time."
Ieri, Oggi, Domani, Opera! - Azucena in 'Il trovatore', Arena di Verona

"...Zajick’s phenomenal performance. Hers was the evening. She put her gigantic, versatile voice to excellent use and added a reasonable dose of Shakespearean evil to the mix.”
Bachtrack – Ortrud in Lohengrin, Madrid

"...mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick remains a vocal phenomenon of the first order…for sheer visceral thrills in this music she's hard to beat.”
San Francisco Chronicle - Azucena in 'Il trovatore', Metropolitan Opera

“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 – Dialogues of the Carmelites, Washington National Opera


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, Dolora 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 . . .

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