BWW Roundup: It’s Almost ‘In with the New’ But Not Before Some Last ‘Hurrahs!’ for Opera’s 2017

“I’ll start with soprano Pretty Yende and tenor Javier Camarena in Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia, which showed off their supple voices and great comic chops. They were terrific together, bringing out the best in a wonderful score.”

Broadway World

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La Fille du Régiment / Teatro de la Maestranza

“Se desenvuelve sin problemas en las agilidades y eso le sirve para ornamentar con abundancia y fantasía, por ventura sin desmelenarse y manteniéndose dentro del buen gusto. Aunque a mí lo que más me gusta de ella es su precioso canto legato, basado en un perfecto control de la respiración y en una admirable planificación de las grandes líneas melódicas, abordadas con musicalidad exquisita y sensibilidad que sabe no caer en lo lacrimógeno.”

Fernando López Vargas-Machuca

“Pretty Yende se enfundó a la perfección el personaje de Marie con una actuación teatral remarcable por la naturalidad de sus movimientos y la gracia de su gesticulación. Vocalmente estuvo magnífica.

Diario de Sevilla

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DW: Germany’s ECHO awards honor stellar classical performances

“Garifulina was followed by the Young Artist of the Year, another soprano, this one 32, from South Africa and blessed with “a voice that can reach to the stars,” to quote the Washington Post. Pretty Yende had her first-ever contact with opera at age 16 and in the second half of her life thus far has gone from triumph to triumph, including a prize at this year’s International Opera Awards in London. Yende’s robust vocal gifts were on full display when she performed “Je veux vivre” from Charles Gounod’s opera “Romeo and Juliet.”

Then both young singers, splendorous in their shoulderless gowns, teamed up in a duet of “Tonight” from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” A more vibrant presentation of the art could hardly be imagined.”

DW.com

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El Periódico: Pretty Yende, encantadora naturalidad en Peralada

Pretty Yende (Piet Retief, Sudáfrica, 1985) puso una pica en Peralada con el triunfal recital de su debut en el festival ampurdanés. La soprano, que cantaba en la iglesia de su pueblo y descubrió el mundo de la ópera al escuchar el ‘Dúo de las flores’ de ‘Lakmé’ en un anuncio, cautivó al público de la iglesia del Carme con su asombrosa y encantadora naturalidad interpretativa. Exuberante, virtuosa, con una fiato de primera, una dicción y fraseo excelentes y un controlado dominio de la coloratura, desgranó un programa presidido por el bel canto, pero con incursiones a Liszt, el repertorio francés y la zarzuela.

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L’Elisir d’Amore / Royal Opera House

“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 fascinating detail, the general excellence of her performance keeps her right at the centre of attention.”

George Hall – The Stage

“Lighting up the first is the partnership between the sunny Adina of South African soprano Pretty Yende, all beaming smiles, and Armenian tenor Liparit Avetisyan as her charming Nemorino. With appearances in many of the world’s major opera houses behind her, Yende arrives for her Royal Opera debut well schooled in the bel canto style, singing with easy agility and touching in her top notes delicately. She also decorates her music, modestly and with charm.”

Richard Fairman – Financial Times

“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 silvery brightness and purity …”

Michael Church – Independent

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Gala Concert / The Metropolitan Opera

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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Il Barbiere di Siviglia / The Metropolitan Opera

I loved her “Una voce poco fa,” which showed off her technique while drawing a clear picture of the character’s independence and smarts, but I’d happily listen to any of her arias again. And she looked gorgeous in her costumes by Catherine Zuber.”

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