Latvian mezzo-soprano Zanda Švēde is a second-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and an alumna of the 2013 Merola Opera Program. She made her Company debut this past summer as Flora Bervoix in La Traviata and returned this fall as Tisbe (La Cenerentola). Roles in her repertoire include the title role of Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires, Endimione (Cavalli’s La Calisto), and the title role of Massenet’s Cléopâtre. On the concert stage she has appeared as a soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Liszt’s Missa Coronationalis. Švēde has studied at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga; the Manhattan Summer Voice Festival in New York; Scuola Italiana in Urbania, Italy; and the Tyrolean Opera Program in Austria.