Pretty Yende makes her much-anticipated house debut at Teatro Massimo di Palermo this month for two performances of Verdi’s La Traviata on July 9 & 11. Conducted by Michele Spotti, the semi-staged production by Ludovico Rajata features costume design and scenery by Francesco Zito, visual projections by Francesco Zito and Ludovico Rajata, and digital animation by Fabiola Nicoletti.
Ms. Yende stars as Violetta alongside David Astorga as Alfredo, Simone Piazzola as Germont, Carlotta Vichi as Flora, and Piera Bivona as Annina, among others. Pretty received critical praise for her portrayal as the ailing courtesan Violetta at the Wiener Staatsoper earlier this Spring, with Seen and Heard International praising her “outstanding Violetta” and her “near-perfect soprano technique with agile and accurate coloratura and sparkling top notes (especially the high E flat at the end of the cabaletta).”
The performance on July 9 will stream on the Teatro Massimo di Palermo’s YouTube page, beginning at 21:15 CEST.
Photo: Dario Acosta