In Review: Patiño and Zabala for Opera de Tenerife's Florencia
As the title character in the American Premiere of Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio at the Minnesota Opera, Adriana Zabala was praised by The Wall Street Journal as showing “tremendous stamina and boy-like flair.” The New York Times hailed her as “a vivid, fearless presence,” and 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 and oratorio. Within the last few seasons, Ms. Zabala has been seen with Seattle Opera, Florentine Opera, Minnesota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Saratoga, Minnesota Orchestra, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Madison Symphony, the New York Festival of Song, and at the Caramoor International Music Festival among others. In 2021, Ms. Zabala was the recipient of the Distinguished Vocal Artist award from The America Prize, which recognizes sustained excellence throughout a vocalist’s career.
In summer 2022, Ms. Zabala debuted as Maddie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers with Berkshire Opera, with a sound that OperaWire hailed as, “full and crisp and loaded with nuance.” Recent seasons have also featured her talent for contemporary music, bringing her to Madison Opera as Mary Johnson in Fellow Travelers and Abilene’s Mother in Edward Tulane (postponed due to COVID-19) both at Minnesota Opera. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Zabala starred as Susan B. Anthony in the filmed premiere of Steven Mark Kohn’s The Trial of Susan B. Anthony, for which Mr. Kohn won The American Prize in Composition, co-produced by ADA Artist Management, Berkshire Opera Festival, Minnesota Opera, Austin Opera, Opera Colorado, and San Diego Opera.