Adela Zaharia

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Adela Zaharia
Born1987 (age 31–32)[1]
Arad, Romania
Occupation(s)Opera singer (soprano)
Years active2000–present

Adela Zaharia (Romanian pronunciation: [adel'a zaha'ria]; born 1987) is a Romanian operatic soprano. She is currently a soloist at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf.[2] In 2017, Zaharia took first place at the Operalia, The World Opera Competition.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Arad, Romania,[4][5] Zaharia started studying piano when she was six and later music theory. She started singing with the church and high school choir.[6] According to Silvia Demian, former director of the Sabin Drăgoi College of Art where Zaharia studied, the soprano's "lucky star" was meeting Mariana Nicolesco during a National Music Olympiad, which she won.[7]

Zaharia got her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both from Gheorghe Dima Music Academy where she studied voice and piano with Marius Budoiu.[6][8][9]


Zaharia made her debut in 2010[10] with the Romanian National Opera, Cluj-Napoca as Gilda in Rigoletto, followed by Norina in Don Pasquale, Musetta in La bohème, and Michaela in Carmen.[11]

From 2012 to 2014 Zaharia was an ensemble member of the Komische Oper Berlin,[12] where she performed as Musetta (La bohème), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Micaëla (Carmen). Other roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Norina's (Don Pasquale) and Gilda's (Rigoletto) repertoire. Since the 2015/16 season, Zaharia has been a member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where she performed as Snow Queen in The Snow Queen, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos[13] Lucia di Lammermoor,[14][15] Konstanze (Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio), (Mozart's Don Giovanni)[16] among others. In the 2017/18 season she will perform as Le Feu in L'enfant et les sortilèges, Gilda, Lucia and Konstanze.[17] Guest engagements include Zaharia as Pamina at the Komische Oper Berlin; Gilda in Rigoletto[18][19][20] and Violetta in La traviata at the Los Angeles Opera.[21][22][23][24]

In December 2017 she gave her debut as Lucia at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Germany, substituting for Diana Damrau, who withdrew due to illness.[25][26] As of 2018, she continues to collaborate with Komische Oper Berlin and has been debuting on stages such as Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Edinburgh International Festival and Shanghai Grand Theatre.[8][27]

Additional 2017/18 season include her debut as Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux at the Frankfurt's Opera and Play House, her debut at the George Enescu Festival with the mad scene from Iain Bell’s A Harlot's Progress[28] and a three-week tour in Japan, where she will play Pamina in Die Zauberflote. Zaharia is also scheduled to perform with Plácido Domingo at a concert with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra in Guadalajara.[29][30][8]


She was a winner of the Hariclea Darclée Festival and International Voice Competition in 2012.[31][32] In 2017, she won first prize and the Zarzuela Prize of the Operalia, The World Opera Competition, held that year in Astana, Kazakhstan.[28][29][33][34] Euronews, in an article about Placido Domingo's Operalia 2017, praised Zaharia as being "the true revelation of the competition".[35][18]


  1. ^ "Soprana Adela Zaharia şi tenorul Bogdan Zaharia în opera "Carmen" la Haifa" [Soprano Adela Zaharia and tenor Bogdan Zaharia in "Carmen" opera in Haifa]. (in Romanian). Romanian Cultural Institute. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ Kirschner, Max (20 November 2017). "Opernsängerin Zaharia: "In Düsseldorf kann sich meine Stimme entwickeln"" [Opera singer Zaharia: "In Düsseldorf my voice can develop"]. Westdeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 4 June 2018. (Registration required (help)).
  3. ^ Schmid, Rebecca (August 27, 2018). "At Operalia, the Zarzuela Tradition Lives On". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Adela Zaharia". (in German). Komische Oper Berlin. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Interviu cu Adela Zaharia – câștigătoarea concursului Operalia 2017" [Interview with Adela Zaharia - winner of the Operalia 2017 competition]. Radio România Cultural (in Romanian). 30 July 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b Cahen, Eva (27 May 2018). "Talking with singers: Adela Zaharia". Schmopera. Archived from the original on 3 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Adela Zaharia - "cea mai bună voce feminină"" [Adela Zaharia - "The Best Female Voice"]. Jurnal Aradean (in Romanian). 1 August 2017. Archived from the original (Online and print) on 3 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Adela Zaharia Steps in as "Lucia" to Make Her Bayerische Staatsoper Debut". IMG Artists. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  9. ^ Pascu, Cristina. "Profesorul tenor Marius Budoiu punctează pe scenă, eleva soprană Adela Zaharia strânge diplome de laureaţi" [Tenor Professor Marius Budoiu scores on the stage, student Adela Zaharia collects laureates diplomas]. Muzica Instantelor. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  10. ^ "De vorbă cu Adela Zaharia" [Talking with Adela Zaharia]. (in Romanian). Jurnal de Soprană. September 11, 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  11. ^ Cotuna, Adrian (30 July 2017). "Adela Zaharia scrie istorie pentru Arad: a triumfat la Operalia, concursul lui Placido Domingo - Glasul Aradului" [Adela Zaharia writes history for Arad: she triumphed at Placido Domingo's Operalia contest]. Glasul Aradului (in Romanian). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Adela Zaharia". (in German). Komische Oper Berlin.
  13. ^ "Die Schneekönigin" [The Snow Queen]. OperaVision. 27 December 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  14. ^ Tellechea, Juan Carlos. "Aclamada la soprano Adela Zaharia en la Lucia di Lammermoor de la Ópera de Düsseldorf". Toda la Música (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  15. ^ Steppan, Isabella (11 December 2017). "Sie kam, sang und siegte: Adela Zaharias Lucia" [She came, sang and won: Adela Zaharias Lucia]. Bachtrack (in German). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Adela Zaharia gewinnt bei Plácido Domingos Gesangswettbewerb "Operalia" - DAS OPERNMAGAZIN" [Adela Zaharia wins at Plácido Domingo's singing competition "Operalia" - THE OPERA MAGAZINE]. DAS OPERNMAGAZIN (in German). 1 August 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Adela Zaharia, soprano". Operabase. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  18. ^ a b "LA Opera: Rigoletto". LA Opera. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  19. ^ ""Rigoletto" Review: Spectacular Los Angeles Opera Debuts for Michael Fabiano, Adela Zaharia – May 27, 2018". Opera Warhorses. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  20. ^ Jalali, ByImaan (June 1, 2018). "LA Opera's "Rigoletto" Is a Tremendous Tale of Love, Intrigue, and Tragedy". LA Excites. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Adela Zaharia - Profile - Deutsche Oper am Rhein". Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  22. ^ "Zaharia Adela". Bayerische Staatsoper (in German). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  23. ^ Thomas, Sean P. "The "Don't Miss" List". Los Angeles Downtown News - The Voice of Downtown Los Angeles. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  24. ^ "LA Opera Presents Verdi's RIGOLETTO Conducted by Matthew Aucoin". 24 April 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  25. ^ "Uraufführungsfragment – Offenbachs "Fantasio" an der Komischen Oper Berlin" [Premiere - Offenbach's "Fantasio" at the Komische Oper Berlin]. (in German). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  26. ^ "Adela Zaharia, Ludovic Tézier in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Bavarian State Opera". Operalia. 9 December 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  27. ^ Zărăndan, Vasile (2 October 2017). "Deschiderea stagiunii 2017-2018 la Filarmonica de Stat Arad s-a petrecut duminică la TEBA" [The opening of the 2017-2018 season at the Arad State Philharmonic took place on Sunday at TEBA]. ARQ (in Romanian). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  28. ^ a b "Adela Zaharia: IMG Artists". IMG Artists. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  29. ^ a b Salazar, Francisco (25 May 2018). "Q&A: Adela Zaharia On Winning Operalia & Her U.S. Debut At The LA Opera". Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  30. ^ Salazar, Francisco (17 December 2017). "Adela Zaharia To Make Her Bayerische Staatsoper". Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  31. ^ Mitran, Laura (13 August 2012). "Soprana Adela Zaharia, câştigătoare a Marelui Premiu Darclée" [Soprano Adela Zaharia, winner of the Darclée Grand Prix]. (in Romanian). Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  32. ^ Buluc, Magdalena P. (14 August 2012). "S-a încheiat în triumf Concursul Darclée" [The Darclée Contest ended in triumph]. Cotidianul RO (in Romanian). Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  33. ^ "Romanian soprano wins opera competition established by Placido Domingo". Romania Insider. 31 July 2017. Archived from the original on 6 September 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  34. ^ Cristescu, Dana (30 July 2017). "Soprana Adela Zaharia, dubla castigatoare la concursul de opera "Operalia"" [Soprano Adela Zaharia, double winner of the opera contest "Operalia"]. HotNews (in Romanian). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  35. ^ "Kazakhstan hosts Plácido Domingo's famed opera contest". Euronews. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2018.

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