Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala was recently praised by the New York Times as "a vivid, fearless presence," and by the L.A. Times as "extraordinary" for her portrayal of the Barbarian Girl in the American premiere of Philip Glass' Waiting for the Barbarians with the Austin Lyric Opera. Ms. Zabala enjoys a vibrant and unique career that includes opera, song repertoire, new works, concert & oratorio, cabaret and Latin Jazz. She has performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally, and also serves as Artistic Director of the Atlanta-based Southeastern Festival of Song.
Within the last few seasons Ms. Zabala has been seen as Kate Pinkerton with The Seattle Opera, Meg in Little Women with The Minnesota Opera, Hermia, Cherubino, Amastre and Emma Jones and Erminella (a role she originated) in Musto's Volpone with the Wolf Trap Opera, Mercedes with the Jacksonville Symphony, Rosina with the the Minnesota Opera, the Wildwood Festival and The Syracuse Opera, and Pitti-Sing and La Cenerentola with the Arizona Opera and the Lyric Opera of San Antonio. She has also been a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Spokane Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony,the Virginia Symphony, the Madison Symphony and at the Caramoor International Music Festival with the Orchestra of St. Luke's.
In the 2005/06 season Ms. Zabala made her debut with Opera Carolina in the title role in La Cenerentola, sang Rosina in the Barber of Seville with the Utah Opera, and returned to the Wildwood Festival in the title role in Carmen. Last fall she joined the Minnesota Opera in the role of Niklausse in Les Contes D'Hoffmann, and early in 2007 made her debut with Austin Lyric Opera as the Barbarian Girl in the accalimed American premiere of Phillip Glass' Waiting for the Barbarians. She is a frequent soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony, with whom she will sing Bach's solo cantata Vergnugte Ruh in February, and will then make her debut with Opera Pacific in the role of Mercedes in Carmen. In the spring of 2007 Ms. Zabala makes her Carnegie Hall debut on a concert of pianist and composer Gregg Kallor, premiering Exhilaration, settings of nine Emily Dickinson poems. In the spring she will also return to the Syracuse Opera as Valencienne in The Merry Widow, and will appear at The Lake George Opera as Elmire in Mechem's Tartuffe.
Ms. Zabala has made five appearance with the acclaimed New York Festival of Song, two appearances with the Caramoor International Music Festival, and recently sang in a critically acclaimed concert entitled Bernstein Memories with Maestro John DeMain and the Madison Symphony. Last season she created a one-woman show of Kurt Weill's music at the MTNA national convention in Seattle, and this season brings to the Wildwood Festival in Little Rock her fourth solo recital, a program celebrating the music of Duke Ellington called Blue Reverie.
Adriana Zabala was born in Tifton, Georgia and raised in Miami, Caracas, Venezuela, and Lake Jackson, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from Lousiana State University and spent the following schoolyear as a Fulbright Scholar in Salzburg, Austria, studying German Lieder at the Mozarteum. Upon returning to the U.S. she pursued her masters at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Immediately after graduating, Ms. Zabala started a two-season Artist Residency with the Minnesota Opera, where she performed the roles of Cherubino, Annina in Der Rosenkavalier, and Rosina, among others. She spent the following season as a Young Artist with the Seattle Opera, singing the title role in the YA production of La Cenerentola. Ms. Zabala is an alumna of the apprentice programs at the Berkshire Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, Operafestival di Roma, and the Wolf Trap Opera Company.
Adriana Zabala is managed by Robert Mirshak at Mirshak Artists Management, and is a student of Bill Schumann's. She lives in New York City.
Opera Carolina Performances:
The Barber of Seville (2008–2009)
Love Notes (2007–2008)