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Feature: Pretty Yende

Failure is a big fat lie; I don’t have it in my vocabulary. I triumph always, if it doesn’t look or feel like triumph is it a lesson well learned and I am never the same as I was before a challenge.

Operatic soprano Pretty Yende is arguably one of South Africa’s greatest cultural exports today. The Milan-based opera singer has performed alongside music heavyweights such as Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion and graced the stages of major opera houses such as the La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and Liceu Opera in Barcelona. Yet, Yende’s musical {…}

Feature: Pretty Yende

No ens hauríem de separar per la pigmentació de la pell o per l’idioma que parlem. El món de l’òpera intenta adaptar-se, donar veu a artistes més enllà del color de la seva pell.

De cantar a l’església del seu poble a Sud-àfrica a fer-ho al Met de Nova York o la Royal Opera House de Londres. I tot gràcies a un anunci de British Airways en què sonava el Duet de les flors de l’òpera Lakmé de Léo Delibes. Només van caldre aquells 30 segons perquè Pretty Yende, nascuda el 1985, decidís estudiar cant en lloc d’administració. Aquesta nit serà al {…}

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My first solo career began when I was 5 years old, and my granny would teach me songs on the way to church, and that was when the seed was planted."

LONDON — It turns out, the hay bales caused it. Sitting in a cafe a stone’s throw from the Royal Opera House in London, the opera singer Pretty Yende of South Africa whipped out her smartphone to show an Instagram photo of herself in a surgical mask during rehearsals for her London debut in the opera “L’Elisir d’Amore” in May. She had come to London two weeks earlier for rehearsals {…}

Feature: Pretty Yende

‘Dreams’ not only reflects the various shades dreams can have from love and longing in Juliette’s “Je veux vivre dans ce rêve” to also delusions and desperation in Lucia’s mad scene.

On August 26, Pretty Yende took to Instagram to reveal the cover and title of her new album with Sony Classical: “Dreams.’’ Yende, who spread her wings in her 2013 Metropolitan debut, has since sung on stages worldwide. As with her spirited performances, Yende will bring to the recording studio the freedom and passion that first carried her aloft to fame. Yende said on her Instagram page: {…}

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