Carte Blanche Update: Pretty Yende

Born in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, South African opera star Pretty Yende has taken the international opera world by storm. Receiving standing ovations across the world, we find out what Yende’s been up to since we last spoke to her in 2013. Watch the video of this interview here.

From rural South Africa to Operatic Stardom: Soprano Pretty Yende releases second album “Dreams”

Pretty Yende continues her meteoric rise through the world of opera. Her debut album A Journey received the Solo Recital Recording award at the 2017 International Opera Awards and critics were unanimous in showering praise on the beauty of Yende’s voice and the intelligence of her singing. ‘Hers is a lyric coloratura voice of real beauty and flexibility’ (Gramophone). ‘She displays not only a top-class vocal and dramatic technique but also a {…}

“Trailblazer” win for Pretty Yende

Pretty Yende was awarded the 2nd place winner in the ‘Trailblazer’ category for the Young Independents Awards ceremony in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Themed “African Youth: Be your Own Liberator. We support you”, the Young Independent Awards is aimed at celebrating the efforts of youth in a society where young people are traditionally portrayed as trouble-makers. One of five categories, the “Trailblazers”, recognises young people {…}

‘It’s a dream come true’ – Pretty Yende scoops big international award

Acclaimed South African opera singer Pretty Yende has added to her international fame with yet another prestigious award‚ walking away with an Echo Klassik gong in Germany. Pretty walked away with the Newcomer of the Year prize last week ahead of a glitzy handover ceremony to be held in October at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. Echo Klassik is one of the most renowned classical music awards in the world‚ with some of the biggest names in the genre being {…}

2017 ECHO Klassik “Newcomer” (Singer) Award

Pretty Yende has been honored as the 2017 ECHO Klassik “Newcomer” award-winner in the Singer category. The designation recognizes Ms. Yende’s tremendous career ascension, which has included performances at The Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, and more, in addition to her acclaimed solo album release titled “A Journey.” The awards will be distributed at a ZDF televised Gala event on October 29 at the Elbphilharmonie {…}

2017/18 Season Highlights

Pretty Yende’s upcoming season is filled with Bel Canto masterworks, solo appearances, and more, at acclaimed venues across the globe. The season begins with her return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin stage starring in the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, on September 13 & 17. She then journeys to Switzerland for a solo recital on September 25 at the Opernhaus Zürich, with pianist Michele D’Elia (programme TBA). On {…}

Pretty Yende debuts in concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris

Making her Paris concert debut, Ms. Yende appears as part of Les Grandes Voix concert series at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on June 28.  Featuring the works of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Massenet the bel canto focused program highlights the repertoire for which Ms. Yende has garnered immense international acclaim. Her previous bel canto performances have been lauded as possessing singing with a “silvery brightness and purity” (Express) {…}

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