French mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes makes her San Francisco Opera debut in a role she has performed at in Bordeaux and Angers/Nantes. She is a former company member of the Opéra National de Lyon where her roles included Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), the Squirrel and the Cat (L'Enfant et les Sortilèges), Clara (Le Premier Cercle by Gilbert Amy, world première), Clarina (La Cambiale del Matrimonio), Nancy (Albert Herring), Cupidon (Orphée aux Enfers), Stefano (Roméo et Juliette), the kitchen Boy (Rusalka), and Rosina (Il Barbieri di Siviglia). She has also appeared in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges at the Teatro Musicale Real, Madrid, and La Donna del Lago for the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier. At the Opéra National de Paris she has appeared in Rusalka, Juliette ou la Clé des Songes, Faust, Parsifal, and The Makropoulos Case. Other career highlights include Cherubino at the Festival de Lacoste; the Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte) at the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, the Opéra National de Paris and Salzburg Festival; Mercédès (Carmen) at the Chorégie d'Orange; Irene (Tamerlano) at the Opéra de Lille; Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the Théatre du Capitole, Toulouse; Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict) at the Opéra National du Rhin; Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Preziosilla (La Forza del Destino) at the Opéra d'Avignon; and Vénus (Vénus et Adonis) and Zanetto at the Opéra de Nancy. She recently sang her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Siebel (Faust). Deshayes was awarded first prize at the "Voix d'Or" 2001 and the "Voix Nouvelles" 2002 competitions. She was also nominated for the "Discovery of the Year" in the "Artiste Lyrique" category at the "Victoires de la Musique Classique" 2002.