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Pretty Yende stars in annual Bastille Day Concert

On July 14 at 21:15 CEST, Pretty Yende returns to Paris for the annual ‘Concert de Paris’ to celebrate Bastille Day. Marking the anniversary of the storming of the infamous Bastille prison in 1789, France’s national holiday celebrates the turning point for the success of the French Revolution.

The free concert at the foot of the Eiffel Tower features a world-renowned group of soloists, including mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine, tenor Piotr Beczała, violinist Renaud Capuçon, and musician Ibrahim Maalouf, among others. Simone Young conducts the Orchestre national de France, the Chœur de Radio France, and the Maîtrise de Radio France at the Champ de Mars on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, beginning at 21:15 CEST.

Held once again by Radio France, France Télévisions, Ville de Paris, this fantastic concert will air live from 9:15 p.m. on France 2 TV channel. The Concert de Paris will be followed by the traditional firework show beginning at 11 p.m. from the Eiffel Tower.

Photo: Dario Acosta

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House debut at Teatro Massimo di Palermo in ‘La Traviata’

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

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New production of Bellini’s ‘La Sonnambula’ at Théâtre des Champs-Elysée

On June 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, & 26, Pretty Yende returns to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées to star as Amina in Bellini’s La sonnambula. Riccardo Frizza conducts the Orchestre de chambre de Paris in this stunning work from the bel canto repertoire. Rolando Villazón will make his debut directing this new production in Paris.

Joining Ms. Yende on stage is Alexander Tsymbalyuk as Rodolfo, Francesco Demuro as Elvino, Annunziata Vestri as Teresa, Sandra Hamaoui as Lisa, and Marc Scoffoni as Alessio. This production will be broadcast via France Musique.

 

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Recital with Benjamin Bernheim and the Orchestre de chambre de Paris

Pretty Yende and her wonderful colleague, tenor Benjamin Bernheim, reunite for a recital with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, led by Sascha Goetzel, on May 19 and 20. Ms. Yende and Bernheim have shared the stage on multiple occasions, including their “magical performance” (Opera News) of La Traviata at Opéra national de Paris. France Musique will broadcast this concert on Saturday June 12 at 8 p.m CEST. Purchase tickets and learn more via Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

Gounod
“Please, stay … Adorable angel …” (Madrigal), duet from Romeo and Juliet (only May 20)
“O God, what jewelry”, aria from Faust
What trouble Unknown … Hello! abode ”, aria from Faust
Valse de Faust, orchestral piece

Donizetti
“Una furtiva lagrima ”, aria from L’Elisir d’amore 
“ Regnava nel silenzio … Quando rapito in estasi ”, aria from Lucia di Lammermoor
“ Lucia perdona … Verranno a te sull’aure ”, duet from Lucia di Lammermoor (May 19 only) 

Mascagni
Cavalleria Rusticana
Intermezzo

Verdi
«È strano … Ah! fors’è lui … Sempre libera “, aria from La Traviata

Gounod
“Love … Ah! Rise, sun … ”, aria from Roméo et Juliette
“Please stay … Adorable angel … “
(Madrigal), duet from Roméo et Juliette (only May 19)

Massenet
“You! You! … Isn’t it my hand anymore ”(Saint-Sulpice), duet from Manon (only on May 20)

 

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Upcoming broadcast: New production of ‘La Traviata’ at the Wiener Staatsoper

Pretty Yende returns to the Wiener Staatsoper to star in Simon Stone’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s La Traviata this month. Following her triumphant house debut as Adina in Vienna earlier this season, Ms. Yende also previously received rave reviews for her “magical performance” (Opera News) as Violetta in the premiere of this Simon Stone production at the Opéra National de Paris in 2019.

On Sunday, March 7 at 6pm CET / 12:00 ET, the Wiener Staatsoper will broadcast the performance live for audiences to view on ORF III and the Wiener Staatsoper’s online streaming platform. Ms. Yende shares the stage with Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo and Igor Golovatenko as Giorgio Germont. Giacomo Sagripanti will conduct the Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus.

“Pretty Yende was the star of the evening: she was greeted with a standing ovation and the waving of the South African flag in the audience. Looking like a younger sister of Naomi Campbell, this media favorite has everything needed to be the people’s Violetta of the twenty-first century. It was refreshing to hear a genuine coloratura in Act I, where the festive fizz posed no problem for Yende. Although the later acts were lightweight in sound, Yende phrased with consummate musicality. The final scene was sustained on a silvery thread of tone, with Violetta’s two verses of “Addio del passato,” nicely varied by some darker coloring around references to the tomb. This was a magical performance.” (Opera News)

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Met Stars Live in Concert – New Year’s Eve Gala

LIVE: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31 AT 4:00 PM ET

The Met rings in the new year with a gala performance featuring a dazzling quartet of Met stars—sopranos Angel Blue and Pretty Yende, and tenors Javier Camarena and Matthew Polenzani—live from the Parktheater im Kurhaus Göggingen, in Augsburg, Germany, a stunning example of neo-Baroque architecture. The program will include arias, duets, and ensembles from Donizetti to Puccini, as well as arrangements of operetta and Neapolitan songs. The ornate Parktheater, a marvel of glass and cast-iron, opened in 1886 and was designed to evoke the English pleasure gardens of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Get your tickets to watch the Metropolitan’s Opera’s New Year’s Eve Gala here.

 

 

The Program

“Ah! Mes amis … Pour mon âme” from Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
               Javier Camarena

“Chacun le sait” from Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
               Pretty Yende

“Che gelida manina” from Puccini’s La Bohème
               Matthew Polenzani

“Sì, mi chiamano Mimì” from Puccini’s La Bohème
               Angel Blue

“O soave fanciulla” from Puccini’s La Bohème
               Angel Blue, Matthew Polenzani

“Quoi! Vous m’aimez?” from Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
               Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena

“Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso” from Puccini’s La Rondine
               Angel Blue, Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena, Matthew Polenzani

“Sì, ritrovarla io giuro” from Rossini’s La Cenerentola
               Javier Camarena

“Una voce poco fa” from Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia
               Pretty Yende

“La donna è mobile” from Verdi’s Rigoletto
               Matthew Polenzani

“D’amor sull’ali rosee” from Verdi’s Il Trovatore
               Angel Blue

“Son geloso del zefiro errante” from Bellini’s La Sonnambula
               Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena

“Lippen schweigen” from Lehár’s Die Lustige Witwe
               Angel Blue, Matthew Polenzani

“Mattinata” by Ruggero Leonvacallo
               Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena

“Torna a Surriento” by Ernesto De Curtis
               Angel Blue, Matthew Polenzani

“’O sole mio” by Eduardo di Capua
               Angel Blue, Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena, Matthew Polenzani

“Libiamo, ne’ lieti calici” from Verdi’s La Traviata
               Angel Blue, Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena, Matthew Polenzani

“Auld Lang Syne” (Traditional)
               Angel Blue, Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena, Matthew Polenzani

 

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Debut at Teatro di San Carlo – Mozart and Bel Canto Gala Concert

Pretty Yende will make her greatly anticipated debut this month at the Teatro di San Carlo in a special Mozart and Bel canto gala concert with the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro di San Carlo. Recorded on December 3, the event will be streamed via Teatro di San Carlo’s Facebook page beginning on December 10 at 20:00 CET. Tickets are 1,09€ and provide access to the event from December 10, 20:00 CET through December 13 at 20:00 CET.

Ms. Yende will share the stage with a fantastic group of leading stars in the opera world, including Maria Agresta, Ildar Abdrazakov, Nadine Sierra, and Francesco Demuro. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts. 

Program

1) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro (1786)

2) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (1756-1791)
“La ci darem la mano” duettino – Act I
Don Giovanni, Ildar Abdrazakov
Zerlina, Nadine Sierra

3) Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (1816)
“Una voce poco fa” – Act I
Rosina, Pretty Yende

4) Gaetano Donizetti: La Fille du régiment (1839-1840)
“Ah! mes amis, that jour de fete ” – Act I
Tonio,  Francesco Demuro

5) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (1786)
“Canzonetta sull’aria ” , duettino – Act III
Countess d’Almaviva, Pretty Yende
Susanna, Nadine Sierra

6) Gaetano Donizetti: Roberto Devereux (1837)
“E Sara in questi orribili momenti….Vivi, ingrato, a lei d’accanto – Act III
Elisabetta, Maria Agresta

7) Vincenzo Bellini:  Overture to Norma (1831)

8) Vincenzo Bellini: Norma (1831)
“Casta Diva” – Act I
Norma, Maria Agresta

9) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (1756-1791)
“Madamina, il catalogo è questo” – Act I
Leporello, Ildar Abdrazakov

10) Vincenzo Bellini: I Puritani (1834-1835)
“A te, o cara, amor talora” – Atto I
Arturo,  Francesco Demuro

11) Vicenzo Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (1830), Symphony

12) Gaetano Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (1832)
“Esulti pur la barbara”, duetto – Atto I
Nemorino,  Francesco Demuro
Adina, Pretty Yende

13) Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale (1842)
Che interminabile andirivieni”, coro – Act II
Chorus of Teatro San Carlo

14) Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (1816)
“La calunnia è un venticello”
Don Basilio, Ildar Abdrazakov

15) Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (1835)
“Ardon gl’incensi … Spargi d’amaro pianto”, scena della pazzia – Second Part Act II
Lucia, Nadine Sierra

Photo: Dario Acosta

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