A voice that can reach to the stars

The Washington Post

Born in in the small town of Piet Retief, South African soprano Pretty Yende has risen to the top of the opera world with unparalleled speed. Yende’s debut album celebrates the milestones of her sublime musical journey; starting at the age of 16, when she first got into touch with Opera by hearing Delibes’ Flower Duet on a television advertisement to her debut at La Scala and her international breakthrough at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

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Elvira in Bellini’s ‘I Puritani’ at Wiener Staatsoper

Pretty Yende stars as Elvira in John Dew’s magnificent production of Bellini’s I Puritani on May 20, 24, 28, & June 2 at Wiener Staatsoper. Her previous portrayal at the Metropolitan Opera garnered critical acclaim from Seen and Heart International, saying, “Yende triumphed in the part of Elvira with a marvelous voice, well-handled and with superb agilities, and a great facility in the high part of the tessitura.” Under the {…}

‘Don Pasquale’ at the Royal Opera House

On May 3, 6, & 9, Pretty Yende returns to the Royal Opera House to star as Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Previously hailed for her stunning portrayals as Norina, Operawire praised her performance at Opéra national de Paris saying hr Norina is “witty, joyful and full of energy which helped you empathizes with this dark side of Norina.” Ms. Yende will share the stage with Lucio Gallo as the title role, Xabier Anduaga as {…}

‘La traviata’ at Royal Opera House

On April 2, 5, 9, 11, 13 and 18, Pretty Yende will return to the Royal Opera House as Violetta in Verdi’s classic opera, La traviata. This beloved production by Richard Eyre, which turns 28 this year, has become a mainstay at the Royal Opera House. Garnering great acclaim in its past iterations, the production has been described as “handsome” and  “magnificent”. Joining Ms. Yende on stage will be Stephen Costello as Alfredo, Dimitri Platanias {…}

Upcoming Performances:

MAY 20, 24 & 28
JUN 2, 2022

I Puritani

Wiener Staatsoper


JUN 7, 2022

Pergolesi Stabat Mater

Basilique de Saint-Denis

Festival Saint-Denis

JUN 10, 2022

Opera gala

Slovak Philharmonic Concert Hall


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I’m so excited to be being Elvira from Bellini’s I Puritani on the @WrStaatsoper for the first time. We open on Fri… https://t.co/PpEBXK5zBx

#TBT my journey of #becomingelvira in this fully stage began here a few moons ago @operzuerich Bellini’s I Puritani… https://t.co/EYZUfOZQ7Y