DVD of Ricciardo e Zoraide now available for pre-order

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the premiere of the Rossini rarity, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro staged Ricciardo e Zoraide with an all-star cast. Juan Diego Flórez makes his debut as the crusader Ricciardo, giving a masterclass in bel canto (Bachtrack), his high notes are … still thrilling with their laser-like precision (Financial Times). The South African soprano Pretty Yende radiant and richly expressive (Financial Times) as {…}

Pretty Yende to be a Gramophone Awards co-host

Pretty Yende is to be a co-host at the 2019 Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony takes place in London at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on October 16. Individual tickets and tables for the ceremony are available to purchase here. Presented with Apple Music, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s Polska Music programme and Medici TV, this year’s Awards Ceremony will be streamed live from the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms by Medici TV at 6.30pm (UK {…}

Role debut in La Traviata in Paris

From September 12 – October 4, Pretty Yende makes her debut as the title role of Verdi’s La Traviata, in a brand new production by Simon Stone at the Palais Garnier. Joining her are Benjamin Bernheim as Alfredo, and Ludovic Tézier and Jean‑François Lapointe sharing the role of Giorgio Germont. Michele Mariotti conducts. Beginning his opera with a prelude for strings of unprecedented economy of means, in 1853, Verdi affirmed his intention {…}

2019 Summer HD Festival at Lincoln Center

The Met’s 11th Summer HD Festival at Lincoln Center features 11 thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions—plus a special pre-festival screening of Stanley Donen’s enchanting Funny Face, featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin, a co-presentation with Film at Lincoln Center. The showings run from August 23 through September 2, with approximately 3,000 seats set up in front of the opera house each night, {…}

Summer performances

Pretty Yende spends her summer in Munich, where she’ll star in Lucia di Lammermoor on June 9, 12 and 15 and L’Elisir d’Amore on July 28 and 30, at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Quinn Kelsey joins her as Enrico and Javier Camarena as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, with Antonino Fogliani on the podium, and Pavol Breslik sings Nemorino opposite her Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, with Mariusz Kwiecień as Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri {…}

Now available: DVD of the Midsummer Nights Gala Grafenegg

The spectacular opening (Salzburger Nachrichten) of the Grafenegg Festival 2018 presented at the Midsummer Night’s Gala featured opera arias and orchestral pieces by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Bellini and others. Ms. Yende was joined by Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh, the Tonkünstler Orchestra and conductor Yutaka Sado. A DVD of the Gala has been released as a co-production of the ORF and UNITEL CLASSICA in cooperation {…}

La Sonnambula performances this May

This upcoming month of May, Pretty Yende stars as Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula at the Zürich Opernhaus on May 5, 9 and 12, Kyle Ketelsen sings Rodolfo, alongside Sen Guo as Lisa and Liliana Nikiteanu as Teresa. Lawrence Brownlee joins her as Elvino.

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