Debut as Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de Perles

From November 14 until December 1, Pretty Yende stars as Leïla in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Metropolitan Opera, making her debut in the role of the beautiful priestess. Javier Camarena and Mariusz Kwiecien portray Nadir and Zurga as rivals for her forbidden love. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.  

I Puritani at Gran Teatre del Liceu

On October 5, 8, 11, 14 and 19, Pretty Yende returns to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in another bel canto role following her triumph in Don Pasquale, to star as Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani. Opposite her is Javier Camarena, one of the present day’s most applauded tenors. Christopher Franklin conducts. A perennial tale of love against the backcloth of wars between Protestants and Catholics provides the framework for the last of Vincenzo {…}

Ricciardo e Zoraide

In the month of August, Pretty Yende travels to Pesaro to participate in the Rossini Opera Festival, where she stars as Zoraide in Rossini’s Ricciardo e Zoraide opposite Juan Diego Flórez on August 11, 14, 17 and 20. The rest of the cast features Sergey Romanovsky as Agorante, Nicola Ulivieri as Ircano, Victoria Yarovaya as Zomira, Xabier Anduaga as Ernesto, Sofia Mchedlishvili as Fatima, Martiniana Antonie as Elmira and Ruzil Gatin as Zamorre. {…}

InStyle Magazine: 50 Badass Women

Pretty Yende has been featured on this year’s “50 Badass Women” by InStyle Magazine. This is the quote included for her: At age 16, the South African soprano traded her ambition to be an accountant for curtain calls. Now she is commanding the world’s biggest stages. “I never thought anyone who looked like me could learn [opera] and inspire other girls to do the same, but the color of my skin doesn’t matter,” she says. “The pure {…}

Pretty Yende sings the Opening Concert at Verbier Festival

On July 19, Pretty Yende travels to Switzerland, where sings the Opening Concert at the Verbier Festival, with Valery Gergiev on the podium. She is joined by violinist Daniel Lozakovich and pianist George Li. This performance will be broadcasted by Medici.tv and available on-demand until November 6, 2018. For more information click here. The next generation of superstar musicians takes pride of place in the opening concert of Verbier Festival’s {…}

Concerts in June

On June 5, Pretty Yende travels to New York where she sings a concert in Carnegie Hall, making her debut at the world-renowned venue. She sings Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and the soprano solo in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She then travels to London to sing at the Classic BRIT Awards on June 13, which returns after a five year hiatus. Hosts Myleene Klass and Alexander {…}

L’Elisir d’Amore from the Metropolitan will be shown on PBS

The performance of L’Elisir d’Amore that was featured in movie theaters now premieres on PBS on April 29, at 12:00pm EST. Check your local PBS stations for different time zones. The cast includes Pretty Yende as Adina, Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, Davide Luciano as Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Dulcamara.

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