Thursday, October 24, 2013

At 61, Dolora Zajick Proves Still Explosive As Verdi's Amneris

(Photo: Lynn Lane)
"....volcanic-voiced American mezzo Dolora Zajick, the reigning international interpreter of Amneris, who could sing this role in her sleep. Her voice is one of the wonders of the world, sailing through, and over, Verdi's thick orchestral color to give real life to the Egyptian princess racked by jealousy. For this revival, thankfully, her costumes have been lightened by more of Rhodes's gauzy fabrics, so she no longer looks like a walking sarcophagus as she did at this production's premiere. Rich and plummy, her instrument is beautiful through all ranges, and she can float a pianissimo with seductive softness like no other. But it's her phenomenal agility and power-in-agility that have made her the leading Verdian mezzo. She is divine, if not out-of-this-world, rock solid and commanding. In the cluttered stage pictures, you always know where she is." [Source] More photos of Dolora Zajick in the Zandra Rhodes production of Aida at the Houston Grand Opera after the jump.

With Riccardo Massi as Radames (Photo: Cory Weaver/Houston Grand Opera)

With Liudmyla Monastryska as Aida (Photo: Lynn Lane)

With Ain Anger as Ramfis (Photo: Lynn Lane)

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