Deborah Sanders

Arts Management

Zanda Švēde


Latvian mezzo-soprano, Zanda Švēde begins her second season with the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt where roles this season include Zenobia Radamisto, Sonyetka Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, the title role Carmen and Forester’s wife / Owl Cunning Little Vixen. In her native Lativa, she performs Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with Sinfonietta Riga and travels to USA to bring further performances of her Carmen to Pittsburgh Opera. In the UK she joins Royal Scottish National Orchestra for performances of Verdi Requiem conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

“…the finale of Jules Massenet’s Cléopâtre, the exceptional mezzo Zanda Švede embracing the fatal kiss of the viper with a superb vocal and dramatic performance.”

San Francisco Classical Voice, Janos Gereben, 5 December 2016

“Švēde, who was the lead on the day I saw ‘Carmen,’ almost vibrates in her intensity, her honeyed mezzo-soprano lithely moving back and forth between alluring and penetrative.”

The UW Daily, Blake Peterson, May 2019

BERLIOZ Les Troyans (Anna)
BIZET Carmen (title)
DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor (Alisa)
HANDEL Serse (title)

Giulio Cesare (Cornelia)*

JANACEK Jenůfa (Rychtárka)
MASSENET Cleopatre (title)
MOZART Die Zauberflöte (Dame)
PUCCINI Madama Butterfly (Suzuki)
ROSSINI La Cenerentola (Tisbe)
SAINT-SAENS Samson et Dalila (Dalila)*
STRAUSS Ariadne auf Naxos (Dryade)
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (Olga)

Queen of Spades (Polina)

VERDI Rigoletto (Maddalena)

Luisa Miller (Federica)

WAGNER Die Walküre (Grimgerde)
BACH Weihnachts Oratorium

Matthaus Passion

BEETHOVEN Symphony 9
HANDEL Messiah
MAHLER Symphony No.2

Symphony No.3

MOZART Requiem
PERGOLESI Stabat Mater