(Credit: David Sauer)
Mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick has announced that she is preparing to retire from the stage in 2021.
The mezzo revealed her intentions in an interview with Ieri, Oggi, Domani Opera!, noting that her recent performances of “Il Trovatore” alongside Anna Netrebko at the Arena di Verona, were her final ones in her signature role of Azucena.
“I have been singing for 45 years and have done everything I ever wanted,” she stated in the interview.
The great mezzo really came to the fore of the opera world when she appeared as Azucena at the San Francisco Opera in 1986; since then, she has performed the role all over the world. She has several recordings of the opera, including two DVD releases, both from the Metropolitan Opera.
Per Operabase, the mezzo is scheduled for performances of “Katya Kabanova” at the Metropolitan Opera in May 2020.
In that same interview, the mezzo emphasized that she would like to focus on her work as a composer. Her first-ever composition was an opera scene titled “Roads to Zion,” which was performed in August 2014 at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose California.