An alumna of the Merola Opera Program, Meredith Arwady made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2009 as the Abbess (Suor Angelica) and Zita (Gianni Schicchi) in the Company’s staging of Il Trittico, and she returned later that season as the Marquise de Berkenfeld (La Fille du Régiment). The American contralto’s recent career highlights include Pasqualita (Adams’s Doctor Atomic) at the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera; the Marquise de Berkenfeld at the Met; her European debut with Frankfurt Opera as Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera) as well as the First Norn and Erda (the Ring cycle); the Mother (Menotti’s The Consul) with Chautauqua Opera; also originating the role of Myrtle Bagot in André Previn’s A Brief Encounter at Houston Grand Opera. Her other credits include Gaea (Daphne) with the Santa Fe Opera, Mistress Quickly (Falstaff) with Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Gertrude (Roméo et Juliette) with Arizona Opera and the Ash Lawn Opera Festival in North Carolina. A graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, Arwady has appeared in a number of roles with Lyric Opera of Chicago, including Pasqualita, Mistress Quickly, Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and in productions of Die Frau ohne Schatten and A Midsummer Marriage. On the concert stage, she has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and at Carnegie Hall. A winner of the 2004 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Arwady has also received the George London Foundation’s Kirsten Flagstad Award, first prize at the Licia Albanese/Puccini Competition, the inaugural Marian Anderson Prize, and a Richard Tucker Career Grant.