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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Pretty Yende stars as Juliette at The Metropolitan Opera

Pretty Yende will star as Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette this season at The Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Yende takes the stage from March 3-18 alongside a spectacular cast, including Stephen Costello as Roméo, Matthew Rose as Frère Laurent, and Paula Murrihy is Stéphano. The production, created by Bartlett Sher, features set designs by Michael Yeargan and costumes by Catherine Zuber.

Pretty Yende to sing Elvira in ‘I Puritani’ at The Met on February 14

Press Release: Pretty Yende will sing the role of Elvira in tomorrow evening’s performance of Bellini’s I Puritani, replacing Diana Damrau, who is ill. Ms. Yende, who has sung Elvira with Zurich Opera, recently starred as Rosina in a Met revival of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She made an unexpected Met debut in 2013 as Countess Adèle in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory and returned in 2014 to sing Pamina in Mozart’s Die {…}

2017 International Opera Awards Nomination

Pretty Yende’s debut solo album “A Journey” (Sony Classical) has been nominated for a 2017 International Opera Award in the Recording (Solo Recital) category. Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony hosted on May 7 in London at the Coliseum. For additional details, including ticket information for the event, visit the International Opera Awards online.

Upcoming Performances:

Apr 20


Smetana Hall of the Municipal House


APR 23


Wiener Konzerthaus


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