American mezzo-soprano Kendall Gladen returned to San Francisco Opera last season in the title role of Carmen, a role she has performed with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Los Angeles Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Saratoga Opera. A former Adler Fellow, her past Company appearances include Mercédès (Carmen), a Singer (Manon Lescaut), Giovanna (Rigoletto), the Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and creating the role of Elizabeth Keckley in Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton’s Appomattox. Other career highlights include Maddalena with Los Angeles Opera, New Orleans Opera, and for her Italian debut in Padova; Lily (Porgy and Bess) with Washington National Opera; Mercédès with Los Angeles Opera; Lucia (Cavalleria Rusticana) at Sarasota Opera; and Flora (La Traviata) with Opera North. As a young artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, she performed the roles of the Abbess (Suor Angelica) and Albine (Thaïs). On the concert stage, Gladen has been a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, New World Symphony, and the National Philharmonic. Recent engagements include Maddalena with Canadian Opera Company, Meg Page (Falstaff) with Lausanne Opera, and Carmen with Opera Theatre of St. Louis.