Latvian mezzo-soprano Zanda Švēde is a second-year Adler Fellow and an alumna of the 2013 Merola Opera Program. She made her San Francisco Opera debut as Flora Bervoix in last summer’s La Traviata and will return as Thisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola this fall. Roles in her repertoire include María (Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires), Endimione (Cavalli’s La Calisto), and the title role in Massenet’s Cléopâtre. On the concert stage she has performed solo roles in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Liszt’s Missa Coronationalis. Švēde has studied at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, the Manhattan Summer Voice Festival in New York, Scuola Italia in Italy, and the Tyrolean Opera Program in Austria.