Dolora Zajick has been internationally acclaimed as that rare voice type, a true dramatic Verdi mezzo-soprano, typified by the composer's most famous and difficult mezzo-soprano roles. In her signature roles as Azucena in Il trovatore, Amneris in Aida, and Eboli in Don Carlo, she has appeared on the world's greatest stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Berlin Staatsoper, . . . Opéra National de Paris, among numerous others, as well as at the Salzburg and Orange Festivals, and the mammoth Arena di Verona.
Her colorful voice and commanding presence have also given vigor to the Verdi roles of Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Princess de Bouillon in Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur, Marfa in Moussorgsky's Khovanshchina, Jezibaba in Dvorák's Rusalka, Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana, Adalgisa in Norma, and the title roles in Tchaikovsky's Maid of Orleans, Donizetti's Italian and French versions of La favorite, Dalila in Saint-Saens's Samson et Dalila, and Massenet's Hérodiade.
She has appeared in opera and concert with some of the foremost conductors of today, which include Bruno Bartoletti, James Conlon, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the late Mstislav Rostropovich.
The 2011-2012 season features Dolora in several of her signature roles - Amneris in Aida in Verona, Azucena in Il Trovatore in Salerno, Italy and in Nice, Adalgisa in Norma in Oviedo and Princess de Bouillon in Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Spain. She also appears in the Verdi Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony, at a Gala in Los Angeles and will give a series of much-coveted master classes at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Her discography includes recordings of Aida, Il trovatore and Don Carlo on Sony Classical and conducted by James Levine; La forza del destino and the Verdi Requiem with Riccardo Muti on EMI; Alezander Nevsky with Mstislav Rostropovich and Hérodiade with Valery Gergiev, both on Sony Classical; and Rusalka with Sir Charles Mackerras on Decca. On Telarc, her highly acclaimed solo disc entitled Dolora Zajick: The Art of the Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano contains not only the dramatic mezzo-soprano arias for which she is famous, but also coloratura mezzo-soprano arias by Rossini and several dramatic soprano arias.
She was one of the first recipients of the Opera News Award, in 2005. In October 2009 she was honored by the Giulio Gari Foundation in recognition of her extraordinary operatic career.
A recent addition to her already challenging schedule is her role as vocal pedagogue and General Director of The Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, which she founded in 2007