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Zanda Švēde

Mezzo-soprano

Zanda Švēde
© Barbara Aumüller

Zanda Švēde thrilled audiences in 2018/19, her first season in as a member of the ensemble in Frankfurt, with the title roles in Bizet's Carmen and Handel's Xerxes. This season you can hear this Latvian mezzo-soprano in the title roles of a new production of Handel's Orlando and Carmen and Herodias' Page in Barrie Kosky's new Strauss’ Salome, which the corona virus forced to closed after only three performances last season. During the 2019/20 season she sang Zenobia (role debut) in Handel's Radamisto, Sonjetka in a new production of Shostakovitch's Lady Macbeth von Mzensk and gave a recital in the Holzfoyer. The corona shutdown prevented her from singing the Forester's Wife / Owl (Das schlaue Füchslein / The Cunning Little Vixen) and Friedrich (concert performances of Mignon) in Frankfurt and Carmen at Pittsburgh Opera, a role she has sung at Seattle Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Latvian National Opera. She studied at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga and has appeared at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, North Carolina Opera, Palm Beach Opera and Seattle Opera. While a member of San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program she sang roles including Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Tisbe (La Cenerentola) and Lena in the world premiere of Marco Tutino's La Ciociara. Zanda Švēde's repertoire includes Endimione (Cavalli's La Calisto), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Grimgerde (Die Walküre) and the lead roles in Massenet's Cléopâtre and Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires.