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

“South African soprano Pretty Yende both looks the part of Adina and has excellent voice control to cope effortlessly with Donizetti’s demanding twiddly bits.” William Harston – Express “And in Armenian Liparit Avetisyan and South African Pretty Yende we get a pair of lovers whose rocky path to felicity is portrayed with wonderful freshness. Yende’s singing has a {…}


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 {…}

Feature: Opera-Online

... but it is the electrifying presence of Pretty Yende that lights up this evening.

Paris demeure une capitale culturelle à de nombreux égards, en particulier dans le domaine de la musique. Ainsi peut-on y entendre à une semaine d’intervalle la soprano sud-africaine Pretty Yende et le ténor français Benjamin Bernheim, deux voix déjà affirmées, l’une à l’Opéra de Paris dans le rôle-titre de Lucia di Lammermoor, l’autre à Eléphant Paname, dans le cadre de {…}

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