Manon broadcast

Tune in tonight at 19:30 on france.tv to see Vincent Huguet’s new production of Massenet’s Manon at Opéra national de Paris featuring Pretty Yende in the title role, Benjamin Bernheim as Des Grieux and Ludovic Tézier as Lescaut.

Manon in Paris

This spring, Pretty Yende returns to Paris to star as the protagonist of Massenet’s Manon at the Opéra Bastille from February 29 until April 10. When, in 1731, l’Abbé Prévost wrote L’Histoire du chevalier Des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut – the work that inspired Massenet’s Manon – he portrayed an entire era, that of the Regency, which saw the old order fade away and a new order, full of the promise of unprecedented freedom, rise from its {…}

Pretty Yende receives Italian Knighthood

Pretty Yende received the Ordine Stella d’Italia (OSI) for her work in building extraordinary relations between Italy and other countries in Cape Town on December 10, 2019, making her the youngest South African ever awarded this accolade. In his speech, Pollio described Yende both as a daughter of South Africa and of Italy and said she “was an extraordinary ambassador of the Italian culture in South Africa.” View this post on {…}

Pretty Yende nominated by Forum Opéra in 2019

Pretty Yende has been nominated by Forum Opéra for their 2019 Awards in the Best Female Lyric Singer category alongside Karine Deshayes, Marina Rebeka, Vannina Santoni and Gaëlle Arquez. Follow this link to vote!

Recital tour

Pretty Yende departs on a recital tour that takes her to the Opernhaus Zürich on November 17, Prague’s Smetana Hall on November 20, the Barbican Hall in London on November 25 and finally Carnegie Hall on December 4. For the first three recitals she will be joined by pianist Michele d’Elia, with James Baillieu prforming with her at Carnegie Hall. The program will feature Lieder by Robert and Clara Schumann, Donizetti, Tosti, Richard and {…}

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 {…}

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