American dramatic mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick made her San Francisco Opera debut as the High Priestess in Aida in 1984, continuing in several leading roles here, including Azucena in Il Trovatore (1986, 1994, and 2003); Amneris in Aida (1989, 2010); her first Marfa in Khovanshchina (1990); her first assumption of the title role of Hérodiade (1994); and the title role of The Maid of Orleans (2006); she is a former Merola Opera Program participant and Adler Fellow. Her career has taken her to most of the major opera houses and festivals of the world in these and other roles such as Eboli (Don Carlo), Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Adalgisa (Norma), Léonor (La Favorite), and Dalila (Samson et Dalila). She has also appeared in concert with many of the world’s foremost symphony orchestras and conductors. Among her recordings are Aida, Il Trovatore, Don Carlo, La Forza del Destino, Rusalka, Hérodiade, Alexander Nevsky, the Verdi Requiem and her first solo disc, The Art of the Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano. Recent engagements include Amneris at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Arena di Verona, the Metropolitan Opera; Adalgisa at the Met and in Oviedo; Santuzza with Washington National Opera and the Met; Léonor with Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile; creating the role of Elvira Griffiths in the premiere of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy at the Met; Eboli with the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, and Los Angeles Opera; Ortrud (Lohengrin) with Los Angeles Opera; and Azucena in Chicago and Madrid and at the Met.