Elza van den Heever (soprano) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received degrees in vocal performance. In 2001, Ms. van den Heever debuted with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in the mezzo-soprano solos in Beethoven's Incidental Music from Egmont, Op. 84. She was selected as a Pacific Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition in 2002 and participated in the San Francisco Opera's Merola Program for two seasons. She has been named an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera for 2005.

[from program for November 9, 2004 concert]