2017 Operalia winner Adela Zaharia has made a tremendous Bayerische Staatsoper debut in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor. The young soprano stepped in for Diana Damrau who withdrew due to illness. Zaharia, who clinched her Operalia win with her spectacular performance of the opera’s “mad scene”, joined the cast which includes Piotr Beczala, Nicolas Teste and Ludovic Tezier, under conductor Antonino Fogliani.

“A true revelation” (Euro News), Ms Zaharia studied voice and piano at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academia in her native Romania. She has been member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein ensemble since the 2015/16 season. This year her roles with the company include the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Gilda in Rigoletto, and both Le Feu and La Princesse in Suzanne Andrade’s new production of L’enfant et les Sortilèges. Additional 2017/18 season highlights include her role and house debut as Elisabetta in Oper Frankfurt’s Roberto Devereux concert performances, her debut at the George Enescu Festival, returns to Komische Oper as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, will perform with Plácido Domingo at a gala concert with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco, and will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Romania’s Arad State Philharmonic.

As a former member of the Komische Oper opera studio, she also sang Micaëla, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Princess Nicoletta in L’amour des trois oranges, Elsbeth in Offenbach’s Fantasio, and Pamina in Barrie Kosky’s production of Die Zauberflöte. She has also appeared in Kosky’s production for her debuts at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Bolshoi Theater, the Edinburgh International Festival, and the Shanghai Grand Theater.

Watch Adela Zaharia’s First Prize Winning Performances at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia 2017