Internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Dolora Zajick will teach and mentor University of Central Florida opera students during the second annual Opera Scholarship Festival.

The event supports scholarships for current and future UCF Opera students. The public is invited to attend a free master class at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the Hagerty High School Auditorium, 3225 Lockwood Blvd. in Oviedo.

Zajick has appeared on stages around the world, in locations such as Chicago, San Francisco, Vienna and Berlin. Her rare voice type and success in difficult roles have earned her recognition as a singer in a class of her own by prestigious publications such as Opera News and The New York Times.

At the master class, Zajick will teach five UCF students in front of a live audience, guiding them through their singing and interpretations of classical music. The opportunity gives students a chance to gain insight and understanding of their operatic techniques from a professional, while also giving the audience a behind-the-scenes look at the development of great singing.

“It is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students to meet, speak with, and learn from someone at the top of the operatic profession,” said Thomas Potter, director of UCF Opera. “This is an opportunity that many around the world would ‘give their right arm’ to be able to experience.”

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