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Yende’s singing has a silvery brightness and purity ..."

“Some notable Royal Opera debuts make the first night genuinely special. Pride of place must go to South African soprano Pretty Yende, a rising star on the international scene, whose musicianship and technical skills are first-rate, and who makes proud, educated landowner Adina’s eventual realisation that she loves shy, not overly bright, Nemorino deeply affecting. Together with some {…}


The soprano's path has taken her from singing church hymns in Piet Retief, South Africa, to performing on the world stage. We asked 32-year-old Pretty Yende, who performs this month and next at London's Royal Opera House, about her career crescendos.

O: For most 16-year-olds, hearing opera is more “Ugh” than “Aha!” Not you, though. Pretty Yende: In 2001, I was watching TV with my family when a British Airways commercial came on with the “Flower Duet” from Léo Delibes’s Lakmé. The voices captivated me—but I had no idea what it was. The next day I asked my teacher what I’d heard, and he {…}

Feature: Sowetan LIVE

Mpumalanga-born singer Pretty Yende will be honoured with the International Achiever Award at the 23th annual South African Music Awards (SAMA) taking place on 27 May.

Yende has shared the stage with the likes of opera icons like Andrea Bocelli and recently headlined new production Romeo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. She released her debut album A Journey last year. Yende has taken US television by storm gracing TV shows such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Wendy Williams Show, that’s if she is not rubbing {…}

Quote: Opera Online

Pretty Yende and Maruisz Kwiecien were simply adorable (and vocally agile) in their Don Pasquale duet."

“Pretty Yende and Maruisz Kwiecien were simply adorable (and vocally agile) in their Don Pasquale duet.” Ilana Walder-Biesanz – Opera-Online

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