Dolora Zajick Chats About Her Debut This Week in Dialogues of the Carmelites

February 20, 2015 2:37 PM

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When it comes to operatic staying power, look no further than star mezzo soprano Dolora Zajick. Critics have dubbed her "a powerhouse" because her voice is big, rich, and luscious throughout all the vocal registers and she's also a singer who can act. In fact, I was blown away two years ago when I heard her sing a riveting Adalgisa in Washington National Opera's Norma. And now she's returned to D.C. for a role debut as Madame de Croissy, the ailing prioress, in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, set during the Reign of Terror.

At age 62, Dolora Zajick remains the most sought-after dramatic mezzo in the world, but when I spoke with her by phone last week, she was frank, funny, and down to earth as she described Francesca Zambello's new English-language production which opens this weekend. Zajick is booked most of the year,...

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