Hailed as a “true revelation” by Euro News, Romanian soprano Adela Zaharia is the 2017 first place winner of Operalia. In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Zaharia returns to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein ensemble where her roles 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. She makes her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, her role and house debut as Elisabetta in concert performances of Roberto Devereux at Oper Frankfurt, and her return to the Komische Oper as Pamina, which she will also sing on the Komische Oper’s Japan tour. Additional concert appearances include her debut at the George Enescu Festival, where she sings the mad scene from Iain Bell’s A Harlot’s Progress, a gala concert with Placido Domingo in Guadalajara with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with her native Arad State Philharmonic.
Ms. Zaharia has been a member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhen ensemble since the 2015-2016 season, where she has sung the title role of Lange’s Schneekönigin, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos. 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.
While studying voice and piano at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in her Romania, Ms. Zaharia sang such roles as Gilda, Norina, and Musetta. Her concert repertoire includes Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Matthäuspassion, Brahms’s Ein deutches Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri.
She is also the recipient of the Grand Prix of the Haricleea Darclée International Competition in 2012.
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...
IMG Artists is delighted to welcome soprano Adela Zaharia to its roster for General Management. The 2017 Operalia Competition winner, who has been hailed as a "true revelation" (Euro News), will be managed by Jack Mastroianni and Stepan Atamian from the company's New...
The voice does not just have an interesting timbre, that is darker and more velvety than what one is used to with coloratura singers, but it also has a larger middle register that soars to radiant heights. Zaharia’s Lucia Ashton was less steadfast and vocally more vulnerable than [her predecessor’s] in the [Bayerische Staatsoper’s] premiere run of this production, which made Lucia’s hopeless fate all the more touching. As elegant and as effortless as a tightrope walker, the voice moved up into the mad scene’s engrossing glass harmonica stratosphere, and the audience seemed to hold its breath, for fear of breaking the hovering moment. She not only sang flawlessly, but breathed believable life into the character, as well as Lucia’s true madness later on. In her glittering dress, she truly looked as though she were from Hollywood’s golden era.
“A True Revelation”
“The vocal crown of the night. The soprano sings with such delicacy, illuminating power and brilliance that she is being rightly celebrated by the audience with rapturous applause.”
“Adela Zaharia masters the role of Elsbeth, the coloratura cleanly intonated at breakneck speed.”