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 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!

Recital tour

Pretty Yende departs on a recital tour that takes her to the Opernhaus Zürich on November 17, Prague’s Smetana Hall on November 20, the Barbican Hall in London on November 25 and finally Carnegie Hall on December 4. For the first three recitals she will be joined by pianist Michele d’Elia, with James Baillieu prforming with her at Carnegie Hall. The program will feature Lieder by Robert and Clara Schumann, Donizetti, Tosti, Richard and {…}

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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