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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San Francisco Opera Debut in ‘La Traviata’

This November, Pretty Yende makes her highly anticipated San Francisco Opera debut as Violetta in La Traviata. Hailed by Opera News as “the people’s Violetta of the twenty-first century”, she has garnered great acclaim in this role by critics and patrons alike. Performing alongside Ms. Yende in this sumptuous new production by Shawna Lucey is Jonathan Tetelman as Alfredo Germont and Simone Piazzola as Giorgio Germont who also make their company {…}

‘Die Zauberflöte’ at the Paris Opera

This fall, Pretty Yende will star as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Paris Opera. In recent years, has made thrilling debuts with the company including as the title character of Massenet’s Manon and La traviata’s Violetta. First seen at the 2013 Baden-Baden Easter Festival, Richard Carsen’s production approaches the work in a modern and thoughtful way with set design by Michael Levine, costume design by Petra Reinhardt, lighting design by the {…}

‘La Traviata’ at Teatro di San Carlo

On July 22, 24, 27 and 29, Pretty Yende will reprise her signature role of Violetta Valéry in Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata at Teatro di San Carlo. This marks her last operatic engagement in the 2021-2022 season which brought her masterful portrayal of Violetta to the Royal Opera House, Wiener Staatsoper and Staatsoper Hamburg. She looks forward to returning to the role with San Francisco Opera in the 2022-2023 season. Ferzan Özpetek’s production of {…}

Upcoming Performances:

DEC 3, 2022

La Traviata

San Francisco Opera

San Francisco, CA

DEC 8, 9, 10, 2022

Mahler's Symphony No. 4

Verizon Hall

Philadelphia, PA

DEC 13, 2022

Concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Carnegie Hall

New York, NY

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