The search committee for the position of Yale Opera Director and Coordinator of Vocal Studies and the School of Music Governing Board have unanimously recommended the appointment of mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala to the YSM faculty. We are pleased to announce that Ms. Zabala will join us this fall as Associate Professor of Voice, adjunct.
Gerald Martin Moore, the newly appointed Director of Yale Opera and Coordinator of Vocal Studies, said, “I am delighted that Adriana will be joining me at Yale. Not only is she a highly-esteemed teacher, but she is also a pleasure to work with. I know that our respective areas of expertise will complement each other to the benefit of the program.”
Since 2016, Ms. Zabala has been on the voice faculty at the University of Minnesota, where she has taught graduate and undergraduate students and has served as Chair of the Voice Division at the School of Music. Ms. Zabala has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Minnesota Opera, San Diego Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Colorado, and Saratoga Opera, among others. She has appeared in concert and recital with the Handel and Haydn Society, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, National Sawdust, and the New York Festival of Song. A champion of new music, Ms. Zabala has performed in the premieres of Phillip Glass’ Waiting for the Barbarians and Mark Campbell and YSM alumnus Kevin Puts’ The Manchurian Candidate.
Ms. Zabala earned a bachelor of music degree from Louisiana State University and a master of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst.
“Adriana Zabala brings to us the passion and experience of a professional performer and a proven teacher,” said Yale School of Music Dean Robert Blocker. Please join us in welcoming Adriana Zabala to YSM.