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.

Pretty Yende wins 2018 Readers’ Award at the International Opera Awards

Pretty Yende won the Readers’ Award at the 2018 International Opera Awards, receiving more than 10,000 votes online.

Lucia di Lammermoor broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera

For five performances from April 25 until May 10, Pretty Yende stars as Lucia di Lammermoor in Donizetti’s beloved bel canto opera, for the first time in New York. She has already sung the role at the Opéra Bastille and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Of her German performances, Bachtrack stated “her lines were clean, her breath long and ample, and she was truly delightful while being technically solid.” At the Metropolitan Opera she shares the {…}

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