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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2017/18 Season Highlights

Pretty Yende’s upcoming season is filled with Bel Canto masterworks, solo appearances, and more, at acclaimed venues across the globe. The season begins with her return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin stage starring in the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, on September 13 & 17. She then journeys to Switzerland for a solo recital on September 25 at the Opernhaus Zürich, with pianist Michele D’Elia (programme TBA). On {…}

Pretty Yende debuts in concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris

Making her Paris concert debut, Ms. Yende appears as part of Les Grandes Voix concert series at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on June 28.  Featuring the works of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Massenet the bel canto focused program highlights the repertoire for which Ms. Yende has garnered immense international acclaim. Her previous bel canto performances have been lauded as possessing singing with a “silvery brightness and purity” (Express) {…}

Opéra Magazine cover

The prestigious French opera publication, Opéra Magazine, has made Pretty Yende its June cover star.  She follows fellow South African soprano Elza van den Heever, as the magazine seeks to celebrate the emerging South African school of opera.  Ms. Yende is already making a name for herself in France, following her acclaimed Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Opéra de Paris in the spring of 2016, and the title role in Lucia di {…}

Upcoming Performances:

AUG 2, 2017


Castell de Peralada


Sep 13 & 17, 2017

Lucia di Lammermoor

Deutsche Oper Berlin


Sep 25, 2017


Opernhaus Zürich


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