SFOpera - Zanda Švēde

Zanda Švēde

(Valmiera, Latvia)

2016–17 Season: Solo Maid and Lady-in-Waiting/Flower in Dream of the Red ChamberA Cleaning Woman and a Chambermaid in The Makropulos Case, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and Maddalena in Rigoletto

Latvian mezzo-soprano Zanda Švēde is currently a third year Adler Fellow who made her company debut as Flora Bervoix in La Traviata.  She has appeared with the company as Lena in the world premiere of Marco Tutino’s Two Women, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.   She was a participant of the 2013 Merola Opera Program.  Recently Ms. Švēde made her role and house debut in the title role of Carmen at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, as well as her role and house debut as Olga in a concert performance of Eugene Onegin at North Carolina Opera. Ms. Švēde debuted with the San Francisco Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.  Additional engagements include her debut at Palm Beach Opera as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, covering Olga in Eugene Onegin at Lyric Opera of Chicago, María in Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires, Endimione in Cavalli’s La Calisto, and the title role in Massenet’s Cléopâtre. Her concert performances include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Liszt’s Missa Coronationalis, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium, Haydn's Mass in the time of War, and Mozart's Missa de Requiem.   Ms. Švēde has studied at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia, the Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival in New York, Scuola Italia in Italy, and the Tyrolean Opera Program in Austria.