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” (OperaNews) as Violetta in the premiere of this Simon Stone production at the Opéra National de Paris in 2019.
“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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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.
“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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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.
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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On December 13, 21, 28, 30, Pretty Yende stars as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Hailed as “the people’s Violetta of the twenty-first century,” Ms. Yende made her debut as Violetta last season with Opéra national de Paris with receiving critical acclaim for her “magical performance” (Opera News).
Under the baton of Speranza Scappucci, David McVicar’s brilliant production features a fantastic roster of singers, including Dmitry Korchak as Alfredo Germont, Giovanni Meoni as Giorgio Germont Laura Vila as Flora Bervoix, Gemma Coma-Alabert as Aninna, among others.
Photo: Dario Acosta
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Pretty Yende is thrilled announce she has joined Gianluca Macheda’s roster for General Management at GM Art&Music.
This season, Ms. Yende made her house debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Adina in L’elisir d’amore and returned to Bayerische Staatsoper to reprise the role in Patrick Bannwart’s production. At the Gran Teatre del Liceu, she will star as Violetta in David McVicar’s production of La Traviata.
Yende will make her house and role debut as Desdemona in Marina Abramović and Marko Nikodijević’s 7 Deaths of Maria Callas at Teatro di San Carlo. Ms. Yende shares the stage with Benjamin Bernheim in a “Viva Verdi” concert with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine led by Sascha Goetzel.
Photo: Dario Acosta
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UPDATE: This performance, originally scheduled for November 7, has been postponed, as Mr. Camarena is ill (with a non-Covid illness). A new date and location will be announced shortly.
On November 7, Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena join forces for a program of dazzling showstoppers, live from a historic location in Zurich. Don’t miss a chance to marvel at a musical partnership that brought down the house at the Met in La Fille du Régiment and Les Pêcheurs de Perles in recent seasons.
Tickets for this live concert are $20, and the performance will remain available for on-demand viewing for 14 days. If you are unable to tune in live, you may purchase a ticket at any point during the 14-day window to access the concert on demand.
This upcoming month, Pretty Yende returns to the operatic stage after some of the safety measures regarding COVID-19 have been removed. She will star as Adina in two productions of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore: at the Wiener Staatsoper on September 14, 17 and 21 and the Bayerische Staatsoper on September 29, October 1 and 4.
She will make her house debut in Vienna, and will return later in the season as Violetta in La Traviata. Joining her in L’Elisir d’Amore are Liparit Avetisyan as Nemorino, Sergey Kaydalov as Belcore and Nicola Alaimo as Dulcamara.
In her return to Munich, she will once again star in the Patrick Bannwart production, sharing the stage with Galeano Salas as Nemorino, Andrei Zhilikhovsky as Belcore and Milan Siljanov as Dulcamara.
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