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Feature: abc7 NY

"The music is a tool," she said. "But more than that, there is the human part of it that wants to explore the impossible, and that inspired me more than actually being an opera singer."

Meet Pretty Yende: an opera singer From South Africa who is bringing greater diversity to classical music. Incredibly, she found her calling through a TV commercial. This month, Yende is onstage at the Metropolitan Opera House in Gaetano Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” — all the more remarkable because the woman who is now so famous as an opera singer grew up {…}

Pretty Yende – La Traviata

Over the past years, Yende has developed into one of the most promising lyric sopranos of her time. This season, she will take on her biggest challenge yet singing her first Verdi role in a new production. With her charisma, she should easily charm as the iconic Violetta.

Quote: James R. Oestreich, New York Times

[Pretty Yende] brought a winning combination of elegance and spunk to the part of the farm owner Adina in her amorous jousting with the ardent peasant Nemorino and the bullying sergeant Belcore...

Ms. Yende sang beautifully from the start, gaining warmth and depth as nonchalance and flirtatiousness developed into love. She deftly executed the acrobatics at the end, with joyous, tumbling high roulades. James R. Oestreich, New York Times Yende, the South African soprano who is fast becoming a favorite at the Met, is a natural as Adina. Her flirtatious smile is always playful and her {…}

Feature: channel24

2017 was amazing year for Pretty. The star showed off her talent on the Wendy Williams Show, hung out with some Hollywood A-listers, and brought home an international award among other things.

Johannesburg – South African born opera singer Pretty Yende took the time to reflect on the major success she has achieved in her career thus far, thanking fans for their support in a post on Facebook. The singer flashed back to one of her earlier interviews in Milan, writing in part: “I look back with great joy for not giving up on my dream because most didn’t believe I was worth it… {…}

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