photo: Christian Steiner

Saundra DeAthos
New England Finalist, 2000

During the last four years, soprano Saundra DeAthos has had a close relationship with San Francisco Opera. She has been a member of the company's Merola Program twice and recently completed her tenure as an Adler Fellow. During the past season, Saundra made her mainstage debut as Naiade in Ariadne auf Naxos. Other mainstage credits include Clorinda in La Cenerentola, the Hen and the Jay in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Sandman and Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel and covering the roles of Morgana in Alcina, Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She has appeared in three of the company's Showcase operas in which she performed Sandrina in La finta giardiniera, Eternità in La Calisto, the title role in Toch's Edgar and Emily and as Rachel in Beeson's Dr. Heideggar's Fountain of Youth. As a Merola artist, Saundra performed the roles of Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Despina in Così fan tutte which she also sang on the Western Opera Theater Tour in 2001.

Saundra has also appeared twice with Boston Lyric Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Bekhetaten in Phillip Glass' Akhnaten. Recently, she performed Galatea with the Berkeley Opera in Acis and Galatea. Her recent orchestral credits include Handel's Jephtha and Bach's Magnificat with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Dvorak's Te Deum with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Other professional credits include Papagena and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Opera North, Blonde in The Abduction from the Seraglio with DuPage Opera Theater and First Bridesmaid in The Marriage of Figaro with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Among her other performance credits are Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, Cake Box Lady in Postcard from Morocco, Adina in The Elixir of Love, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and the title role in the world premier of Majorie Merryman's Antigone.


Saundra's upcoming operatic engagements are Valencienne in The Merry Widow with Virginia Opera this fall, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with West Bay Opera in 2005, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 2006. She will be singing Mozart's Requiem and Handel's Messiah with the Elgin Symphony next year.

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