Artist Of The Week: Adela Zaharia

Romanian Soprano Adds ‘I Puritani’ To Her Growing Repertoire

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: LA Opera)

Since winning  Operalia, soprano Adela Zaharia has emerged as one of the major rising stars in the opera world.

Zaharia has made major debuts in some of the world’s greatest opera houses including the Bayerische Staatsoper and LA Opera and has added a number of major role debuts. She has also become a frequent exponent of the Bel Canto repertoire as well as the classical works of Haydn and Mozart. This week she adds another major Bel Canto role to her repertoire.

The Romanian soprano will sing her first Elvira in “I Puritani,” headlining a new production by Rolando Villazón at the Deutsche Opera am Rhein where she is an ensemble member. This opera will actually be the first Bellini opera in her repertoire and her third major Bel Canto role following triumphs as “Maria Stuarda” and “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Acclaimed for her glorious high notes and her interpretative skills, Elvira will be another great fit for the rising star.

For those not in Germany for Zaharia’s big debut, the soprano will add Adina in “Elisir d’Amore” to her repertoire in her Berlin Staatsoper debut and will be showcased as Lucia in the world premiere of “The 7 Deaths of Maria Callas” at the Bayerische Staatsoper. For this debut she will sing the Mad scene with which she won the Operalia Competition in 2017; “Lucia” is one of her signature roles. This season will also see Zaharia make her Greek National Opera and Maggio Musicale debuts.


For more about Zaharia read our interview with the soprano right here.


For those not familiar with Zaharia’s voice, here is the soprano singing Lucia’s mad scene at the Operalia Competition.

Here is the soprano singing from “El Barbero de Sevilla,” the piece that also brought her first place in the Zarzuela competition.

Finally, here is Zaharia singing “Sempre Libera” from “La Traviata.”




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