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Professor Adriana Zabala Receives Positive Reviews in "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Sister Carrie"

December 4, 2017

Photo by Dan Norman. 

Adriana Zabala (voice) performed the role of Cherubino in the Minnesota Opera's production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, which ran from November 11 through November 19, 2017. Zabala's performance in Aldridge and Garfein's opera Sister Carrie is featured in a recent Gramophone review. 

Zabala received rave reviews for her performance in The Marriage of Figaro:

Jay Furst, Post Bulletin, November 18, 2017:
“Adriana Zabala is fearless as the lusty Cherubino.”

St. Paul Pioneer Press, Rob Hubbard, November 12, 2017:
“Add strong singing and vivid comic characterizations by Adriana Zabala, Matt Boehler, and Nadia Fayad, and you have quite the impressive ensemble."

Twin Cities Arts Reader: Basil Considine, November 14, 2017:
“The doe-eyed glances between her and Adriana Zabala’s excellent Cherubino are one of the production’s most reliable sources of laughter.”

LifeInRevue Blog:
“And one must not fail to mention at this point the stellar and wildly wily performance of Adriana Zabala. Heralded by The Wall Street Journal as showing "tremendous stamina and boy-like flair" in her performance of the title role in the American premiere of Jonathan Dove's The Adventures of Pinocchio, Zabala performed Cherubino splendidly. Among the singer actors in this production, she ranks premier as she understood so well the bearing and swagger of a young, arrogant, handsome adolescent boy. Her understanding, in fact, was so spot on that there were times in which I forgot I was watching a female performing in boy’s clothing…Zabala was astounding to watch and marvelous to hear. A true delight.”

Twin Cities Geek, November 2017:
“…The audience’s awareness that Cherubino is, in fact, a female actor playing a male, dressed in women’s clothing, adds a whole new level to the farce. In this production Adriana Zabala adds a roguish sense of mischief to the character."