Since winning first prize at the Operalia Competition in 2017, Adela Zaharia has been celebrated as an rising star. Her engagements in the 2019/20 season include a new production of I Puritani at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where she will also sing the title role in La Traviata. She will further perform Adina in Elisir d’amore at Staatsoper Berlin and the mad scene from Lucia di Lammermoor in Marina Ambramovic’ project The 7 Deaths of Maria Callas which she will perform at Bayerische Staatsoper München, as well as in Florence and Athens. In Munich Ms. Zaharia will also portray the role of Angelica in a revival of Haydn’s Orlando Paladino.
Prior seasons saw Adela Zaharia sing Violetta at Los Angeles Opera under the baton of James Conlon, a part which she first sang at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, whose ensemble she has been a member of since the 2015-16 season and where she also made her debut as Maria Stuarda. She has also performed Konstanze, Donna Anna, Gilda, and the title role in Lange’s Schneekönigin at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. After her debut in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Bayerische Staatsoper she was immediately invited back to sing Angelica in Haydn’s Orlando Palladino. She gave her successful debut in North America at Los Angeles Opera as Gilda in Rigoletto, and also sang Pamina with the Komische Oper on tour in Japan. Concert highlights include her BBC Proms debut singing the world premiere of Iain Bell’s Aurora with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. She also performedw the mad scene from Bell’s A Harlot’s Progress at the Enescu Festival. Further concert engagements inclde a Mozart arias concert with Placido Domingo in Prague, and tours to Moscow and Barcelona as a soloist with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. She appeared as Pamina in Barrie Kosky’s production of Die Zauberflöte for her debuts at the Gran Theatre del Liceu, the Bolshoi Theater, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Shanghai Grand Theater.
Ms. Zaharia is the recipient of the Grand Prix of the Haricleea Darclée International Competition in 2012.
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