Described as having a voice composed of a "warm, rich middle and shining top," with "convincing, sometimes arresting interpretive choices," Zarah Brock, soprano, recently made her debut with the Richmond Ballet and Richmond Symphony as the soprano soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana.
Zarah is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland where she was a member of the Maryland Opera Studio, studying under Delores Ziegler. While at UMD, Zarah performed the roles of Annio in La clemenza di Tito and Soeur Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites, covered Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and created the roles of the Chamberlain in an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Young King and Coretta Wilkins in Towne Hall.
Zarah received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she sang the roles of Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Casilda in The Gondoliers and First Spirit in Die Zauberflöte.
In the summer of 2019, Zarah was a Young Artist at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario and trained as a Fellow at the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College. Zarah also trained at the late Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival for three consecutive summers and also had the privilege to travel to Oman with the Castleton Festival to sing in La Bohème at the Royal Opera House in Muscat. In the summer of 2017, Zarah sang Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and returned home to Virginia to sing Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with the Stafford Opera Troupe, where she also served as a faculty member. Other roles include Lucy in The Telephone and Don Ettore in La canterina with Olde Towne Opera. She has also been an emerging artist with Bel Canto in Tuscany as well as the Harrower Summer Opera and Atlantic Music Festival.
Zarah has garnered top prizes from the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing, is a third place winner of the American Prize in Voice, a recipient of the Richmond Friends of Opera scholarship, as well as the Victor Rice Opera Assistantship.
Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition
April 4-5 2020
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Selected as a Semi Finalist, Zarah heads to Annapolis to sing for the 32nd Annual Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition!
Vann Vocal Institute
March 13-14 2020
Montgomery Symphony Orchestra
Zarah heads to Huntingdon College in Alabama to be a soprano with the Vann Vocal Institute for it's 13th year, in association with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra
Lotte Lenya Competition Semi Finals
March 11-12 2020
Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, NYC
Zarah is thrilled to perform some of her favorite music selections for the Semi Finals of the Lotte Lenya Competition!
Lisette Oropesa Masterclass - Divas and Donuts
March 7 2020
Old Presbyterian Meeting House
Zarah is so grateful to be able to participate in a masterclass guided by Lisette Oropesa and organized by the Potomac Vocal Institute
Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn
January 26 2020
Zarah sings the soprano solos in Cherubini's Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn with the Georgetown Epiphany Festival
December 8 2019
Zarah returns to Richmond to sing the Soprano solos in Handel's Messiah at Bon Air Presbyterian Church
September 27-29 2019
Zarah is thrilled to sing the soprano solos in Carl Orff's
Carmina Burana with the Richmond Ballet and Richmond Symphony!
Westminster Choir College
Zarah trained as a Fellow at the CoOPERAtive Program in Princeton, New Jersey
National Arts Centre Young Artist
National Arts Centre, Ontario
Zarah performed works of Bach, Handel, Brahms, Mozart and Schumann as a Young Artist at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario