New artist: mezzo-soprano Zanda Švēde

10 October 2018

Rayfield Allied is delighted to announce the signing of Latvian mezzo-soprano Zanda Švēde for exclusive worldwide representation.

Zanda Švēde joins the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt this season and makes her house debut as Dryade Ariadne auf Naxos and later in the season she sings the title roles of Xerxes and Barrie Kosky’s Carmen. At Seattle Opera, she sings further performances of Carmen in Paul Curren’s production before the end of the 2018-19 season.

Celebrating a long and fruitful relationship with San Francisco Opera since joining its summer Merola Opera Program in 2013, Zanda became an Adler Fellow in Season 2014-15 and remained for three seasons. Main stage roles included Flora La Traviata, Tisbe La Cenerentola, Lena in the world premiere of Marco Tutino’s Two Women, Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor, Rychtarka Jenufa, Third Lady Die Zauberflöte, Suzuki Madama Butterfly and Maddalena Rigoletto. Zanda recently appeared at Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the role of Carmen winning exceptional reviews.

'Zanda Švēde as Carmen did not disappoint. That voice—that bottomless voice! It’s a heavy mezzo with luxurious layers and some surprising color up top. It somehow resonates alternately in the depths of her chest, then her head—and still manages to project. Her first two arias also proved a wide range, and that she was embedding sensuality to spare into her Carmen.', Sarah Tyrrell, 24 April 2016

'With movie-star looks... and a luscious, chocolatey mezzo-soprano, Zanda sort of threw you off balance every time she opened her mouth. It is probably not idle to predict she could become one of the Carmens over the next few years: She has the voice, the musical verve and a winning, controlled approach to movement that augur great things.'

The Independent, Paul Horsley, 30 April 2016

Zanda Švēde is represented worldwide by Deborah Sanders.

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