American mezzo Dolora Zajick was born on 24 March 1952 in Salem, Oregon and grew up in Nevada. She studied voice with Ted Puffer, who helped her to develop her vocal technique and guided her through early career moves. She gained bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Nevada and then took additional studies at the Manhattan School of Music.
She is known for her roles in Verdi, such as her début with San Francisco Opera as Azucena in Il trovatore, which marked her entry to the international stage, and also Amneris and and Eboli.
She has sung with many opera companies, including New York Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, La Scala and Covent Garden.
She is general director of The Institute for Young Dramatic Voices.
A selection of M&V articles about Dolora Zajick
Profile. Training Singers - Maria Nockin talks to Dolora Zajick about finding young dramatic voices
Ensemble. A Beautiful Sad Fairy Tale - Rusalka, live in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin
Ensemble. Different Styles - Antonio Pappano's 'Un Ballo in Maschera' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Very Credible - Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' from New York Metropolitan Opera in HD, reviewed by Maria Nockin
Ensemble. True Ear Candy - Wagner's 'Lohengrin' at L A Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin
Profile. Important Skills - Maria Nockin talks to American mezzo Dolora Zajick
Ensemble. Truly Memorable - A concert of arias at Arizona Opera impresses Maria Nockin
Ensemble. A Sumptuous Display - Verdi's 'Don Carlo' at LA Opera, appreciated by Maria Nockin
Ensemble. Important Revelations - A gala concert presented by Arizona Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin