Author Archive

‘La Fille du Régiment’ at Vienna State Opera

This holiday season, Pretty Yende stars as Marie in La Fille du Régiment at the Vienna State Opera. She has previously sung the role to great acclaim at The Metropolitan Opera where critics described her interpretation of the spunky character as “wonderful” and exuding “a charismatic energy that is contagious to audiences and that gives her performance great warmth.”

Performing alongside Ms. Yende is Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio, Stephanie Houtzeel as Marquise de Berkenfield, Adrian Eröd as Sergeant Sulpice, Marianne Nentwich as Duchesse de Crakentorp, and Marcus Pelz as Hortensius. Michele Spotti conducts Laurent Pelly’s joyous production of Donizetti’s comic masterpiece.

Performances occur on December 25, 28, 30, and January 2.

Photo: Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Music Entertainment

Comments Off on ‘La Fille du Régiment’ at Vienna State Opera

Mahler 4 with Philadelphia Orchestra

This December, Pretty Yende joins the Philadelphia Orchestra for performances of Mahler’s beloved Fourth Symphony in Philadelphia and New York City under the baton of the orchestra’s music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

On December 8, 9 and 10, Ms. Yende will sing the work in Philadelphia at Verizon Hall. She will then travel to Carnegie Hall in NYC with the orchestra for a final performance of the heavenly symphony on December 13.

Photo: Kim Fox

Comments Off on Mahler 4 with Philadelphia Orchestra

San Francisco Opera Debut in ‘La Traviata’

This November, Pretty Yende makes her highly anticipated San Francisco Opera debut as Violetta in La Traviata. Hailed by Opera News as “the people’s Violetta of the twenty-first century”, she has garnered great acclaim in this role by critics and patrons alike.

Performing alongside Ms. Yende in this sumptuous new production by Shawna Lucey is Jonathan Tetelman as Alfredo Germont and Simone Piazzola as Giorgio Germont who also make their company debuts. San Francisco Opera’s music director, Eun Sun Kim, conducts Verdi’s masterpiece.

The performances occur on November 11, 13, 16, 22, 25, 27 and 30. November 16th’s performance will be live-streamed through SF Opera’s website.

Photo: Dario Acosta

Comments Off on San Francisco Opera Debut in ‘La Traviata’

‘Die Zauberflöte’ at the Paris Opera

This fall, Pretty Yende will star as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Paris Opera. In recent years, has made thrilling debuts with the company including as the title character of Massenet’s Manon and La traviata’s Violetta.

First seen at the 2013 Baden-Baden Easter Festival, Richard Carsen’s production approaches the work in a modern and thoughtful way with set design by Michael Levine, costume design by Petra Reinhardt, lighting design by the director and Peter Van Praet, and video projections by Martin Eidenberger. Ms. Yende will share the stage with Mauro Peter as Tamino, Huw Montague Rendall as Papageno, René Pape as Sarastro, Caroline Wettergreen as Queen of the Night, Michael Colvin as Monostatos, Margarita Polonskaya as First Lady, Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur as Second Lady, Katharina Magiera as Third Lady, Tamara Bounazou as Papagena, Martin Gantner as the Speaker, Niall Anderson as First Priest and Tobias Westman as Second Priest.

Ms. Yende’s performances will take place at Opéra Bastille on September 17, 20, 22, 28, 30, October 4, 8 and 13.

Click here to view the trailer.


Photo: Elena Cherkashyna

Comments Off on ‘Die Zauberflöte’ at the Paris Opera

‘La Traviata’ at Teatro di San Carlo

On July 22, 24, 27 and 29, Pretty Yende will reprise her signature role of Violetta Valéry in Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata at Teatro di San Carlo. This marks her last operatic engagement in the 2021-2022 season which brought her masterful portrayal of Violetta to the Royal Opera House, Wiener Staatsoper and Staatsoper Hamburg. She looks forward to returning to the role with San Francisco Opera in the 2022-2023 season.

Ferzan Özpetek’s production of the opera, originally created for Teatro di San Carlo in 2012, sets the drama in the Belle Époque era of Paris. Along with Ms. Yende, the thrilling cast will feature Francesco Demuro as Alfredo Germont, Carlos Alvarez as Giorgio Germont, Valeria Girardello as Flora Bervoix, Daniela Mazzuccato as Annina, Marco Miglietta as Gastone, Enrico Marabelli as Barone Douphol, Pietro Di Bianco as Marquis d’Obigny, Alessandro Spina as Doctor Grenvil, Michele Maddaloni as Giuseppe, Giacomo Mercaldo as Flora’s Waiter and Alessandro Lerro as Commissioner. Francesco Ivan Ciampa conducts.

Photo: Dario Acosta

Comments Off on ‘La Traviata’ at Teatro di San Carlo

Elvira in Bellini’s ‘I Puritani’ at Wiener Staatsoper

Pretty Yende stars as Elvira in John Dew’s magnificent production of Bellini’s I Puritani on May 20, 24, 28, & June 2 at Wiener Staatsoper. Her previous portrayal at the Metropolitan Opera garnered critical acclaim from Seen and Heart International, saying, “Yende triumphed in the part of Elvira with a marvelous voice, well-handled and with superb agilities, and a great facility in the high part of the tessitura.”

Under the baton of Francesco Lanzillotta, Ms. Yende stars alongside Roberto Tagliavini as Sir Giorgio, John Osborn as Lord Arturo Talbo, Igor Golovatenko as Sir Riccardo Forth, Ilja Kazakov as Lord Gualtiero Valton, Carlos Osuna as Sir Bruno Roberton, and Margaret Plummer as Enriquetta di Francia.

Photo: Dario Acosta

Comments Off on Elvira in Bellini’s ‘I Puritani’ at Wiener Staatsoper

‘Don Pasquale’ at the Royal Opera House

On May 3, 6, & 9, Pretty Yende returns to the Royal Opera House to star as Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Previously hailed for her stunning portrayals as Norina, Operawire praised her performance at Opéra national de Paris saying hr Norina is “witty, joyful and full of energy which helped you empathizes with this dark side of Norina.”

Ms. Yende will share the stage with Lucio Gallo as the title role, Xabier Anduaga as Ernesto, Andrzej Filonczyk as Malatesta, and Thomas Barnard as Notary. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House.

Photo: Elena Cherkashyna

Comments Off on ‘Don Pasquale’ at the Royal Opera House