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Feature: Pretty Yende

Anything with chocolate in it, and I'm sold!

Pretty Yende is all smiles when we meet up in Johannesburg. Despite a demanding career and extremely busy schedule, she is warm, attentive and energetic. Her career so far has been nothing short of amazing. From singing in a choir as a child, to performing in the finest opera houses around the world, she knows a thing or two about building a career in one of the most difficult genres of music. {…}

Feature: Broadway World

The star-studded cast includes tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Ricciardo, tenor Sergey Romanovsky as Agorante and soprano Pretty Yende as Zoraide. The production will be conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti, who was recently named Young Conductor of the Year at the BBC 2016 International Opera Awards, and will also include a corps de ballet drawn from La Scala.

Opera Atelier is delighted to announce that our company’s entire creative team has been invited to create a new production of Rossini’s Ricciardo e Zoraide to open the Rossini Opera Festival’s 2018 season in Pesaro, Italy. This new production will take place in Pesaro’s Adriatic Arena August, 11, 14, 17 and 20, 2017 and will be directed and choreographed by Opera {…}

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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