A voice that can reach to the stars

The Washington Post

A modern fairy-tale. Born in in the small town of Piet Retief, South African soprano Pretty Yende has risen to the top of the opera world with unparalleled speed. Yende’s debut album celebrates the milestones of her sublime musical journey; starting at the age of 16, when she first got into touch with Opera by hearing Delibes’ Flower Duet on a television advertisement to her debut at La Scala and her international breakthrough at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

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Manon in Paris

This spring, Pretty Yende returns to Paris to star as the protagonist of Massenet’s Manon at the Opéra Bastille from February 29 until April 10. When, in 1731, l’Abbé Prévost wrote L’Histoire du chevalier Des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut – the work that inspired Massenet’s Manon – he portrayed an entire era, that of the Regency, which saw the old order fade away and a new order, full of the promise of unprecedented freedom, rise from its {…}

Pretty Yende receives Italian Knighthood

Pretty Yende received the Ordine Stella d’Italia (OSI) for her work in building extraordinary relations between Italy and other countries in Cape Town on December 10, 2019, making her the youngest South African ever awarded this accolade. In his speech, Pollio described Yende both as a daughter of South Africa and of Italy and said she “was an extraordinary ambassador of the Italian culture in South Africa.” View this post on {…}

Pretty Yende nominated by Forum Opéra in 2019

Pretty Yende has been nominated by Forum Opéra for their 2019 Awards in the Best Female Lyric Singer category alongside Karine Deshayes, Marina Rebeka, Vannina Santoni and Gaëlle Arquez. Follow this link to vote!

Upcoming Performances:

FEB 29, 2020


Opéra Bastille


MAR 28, 2020

Würth Philharmoniker Gala with Lawrence Brownlee

Reinhold Würth Saal


MAR 4, 10, 17, 25 & 31, 2020


Opéra Bastille


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