2016–17 Season: Solo Maid and Lady-in-Waiting/Flower in Dream of the Red Chamber, A Cleaning Woman and a Chambermaid in The Makropulos Case, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and Maddalena in Rigoletto
Latvian mezzo-soprano Zanda Švēde recently finished her final year as an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera where she performed earlier this season as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, a Cleaning Woman and Chambermaid in The Makropulos Case, and Solo Maid and Lady-in-Waiting/The Flower in the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber. The 2017–18 season sees Švēde’s debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Maddalena and as Grimgerde in the new David Pountney production of Die Walküre. She also performs for the first time at Atlanta Opera singing the title role in Carmen and returns to Lyric Opera of Kansas City to sing Maddalena. Career highlights include her role and house debuts as Carmen at Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Olga in a concert performance of Eugene Onegin at North Carolina Opera. At San Francisco Opera, Švēde has sung Flora in La Traviata, 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 is a graduate of the 2013 Merola Opera Program.