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Role debut in Offenbach’s ‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann’ at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

Pretty Yende launches into the New Year with her highly anticipated role debuts as Olimpia, Antonia, Giulietta, and Stella in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. Employing a richly suggestive visual language, director Johannes Erath examines the fate of a man who longingly stretches out his hand for love, but who pulls back when it threatens to become real. Marc Minkowski conducts.

On January 20, 23, 25, 28, & 31, Ms. Yende will share the stage with Paula Murrihy as Nicklausse / La Muse, John Osborn as Hoffmann, Alex Esposito as Lindorf / Coppelius / Le Docteur / Le Capitaine, Moses Marin as Spalanzani, Tomislav Lavoie as Crespel / Maître Luther, Marcel Beekman as Andrès / Cochenille / Frantz / Pittichinaccio, and Roger Padullés as Nathanaël.

Photo: Dario Acosta

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PBS to Broadcast Pretty Yende’s ‘Met Stars Live in Concert New Year’s Eve Gala’

Recorded in December of 2020, the Met rings in the new year with a gala performance featuring Met stars Pretty Yende, Angel Blue, Javier Camarena and Matthew Polenzani. Performing from the Parktheater in Kurhaus Göggingen, in Augsburg, Germany, the program features arias, duets and ensembles from Donizetti to Puccini, as well as arrangements of operetta and Neapolitan songs. Premieres Friday, December 31 on PBS (check local listings).

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Teatro la Fenice’s “New Year’s Concert 2022”

On December 30, 31, and January 1, Pretty Yende stars alongside tenor Brian Jagde in Teatro la Fenice’s “New Year’s Concert 2022”. Maestro Fabio Luisi will conduct the celebratory event, with the first part of the program featuring Dvořák’s unforgettable Symphony No. 9 From the New World.

The second half of the program is dedicated to beloved arias and duets by Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Ponchielli, Offenbach, and Gounod, among others. The evening concludes with what has now become a tradition at the Fenice New Year’s Concerts, the choir performing “Va’ Pensiero” from Nabucco and the toast “Libiam ne’ lieti calici” from Verdi’s La Traviata.

On January 1, the concert will be broadcast at 6.15pm on WDR + ARTE DE and 6.40pm on ARTE FR.

Photo: Dario Acosta

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‘La Traviata’ at Staatsoper Hamburg

On December 2, 9,14 and 16,  Pretty Yende will perform the role of Violetta in Verdi’s iconic opera, La Traviata, at Staatsoper Hamburg.

Quickly becoming a signature of Ms. Yende’s, she has gained significant praise for her portrayal of this fiendishly difficult role, with Opera News noting that she put on a “magical performance” when she premiered it with Opéra National de Paris in 2019.

In this stunning production by Johannes Erath, Ms. Yende will share the stage with Dmytro Popov as Alfredo, Andrzej Dobber as Giorgio Germont, Kristina Stanek as Flora Bervoix, Renate Spingler as Annina, Bernhard Hansky as Il Barone Douphol, David Minseok Kang as Il Dottore Grenvil, Han Kim as Marchese d’Obigny,  Peter Galliard as Gastone and Seungwoo Simon Yang as Giuseppe. Alexander Joel conducts.

Photo: Elena Cherkashyna

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Debuts with Philadelphia Orchestra and Washington National Opera

This autumn, Pretty Yende will make two highly anticipated debuts, first with the Philadelphia Orchestra on October 15, 16 & 17, and then with Washington National Opera on November 6, 8, 10, & 14. Under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ms. Yende will perform some of Strauss’ most beloved lyrical songs, and also featured on the program is the world premiere of Robin Holcomb’s Paradise, a response to California’s deadly wildfires.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s celebration of Beethoven’s masterworks continues with his “Pastoral” Symphony, brimming with buoyant melodies and a bucolic spirit, on October 15 & 17, and on October 16, the orchestra performs his lesser-known work, the Fourth Symphony, which was admired by many including Berlioz who insisted it was the work of an angel.

Following this engagement, Ms. Yende heads to Washington National Opera for the first in-person programming of the Kennedy Center 50th Anniversary season, the Come Home: A Celebration of Return concert. Pretty joins a star-studded cast led by WNO Principal Conductor Evan Rogister and backed by WNO’s Orchestra and Chorus, including Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Alexandria Shiner, David Butt Philip, and Christian Van Horn.

For WNO’s return to the stage, this concert features a musical tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In honor of WNO’s beloved patron, the WNO family performs segments from the Justice’s favorite operas and commemorates her extraordinary contributions to American ideals.

Photo: Dario Acosta


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‘La Traviata’ at Wiener Staatsoper

Pretty Yende begins the 2021/22 season by returning to the Wiener Staatsoper as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata. Simon Stone’s critically acclaimed production of this beloved operatic masterpiece brings this tragic love story to the digital age. Performances will take place on September 5, 7, 15, & 18. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Ms. Yende will sing alongside Frédéric Antoun as Alfredo, Ludovic Tézier as Germont, Szilvia Vörös as Flora, Stephanie Maitland as Annina, Carlos Osuna as Gaston, Sergey Kaydalov as Baron Douphol, and Michael Arivony as Marquis von Obigny, among others. Seen and Heard International recently praised Ms. Yende’s “outstanding” portrayal of Violetta in Simon Stone’s production this past spring at Wiener Staatsoper, acclaiming:

“She is a picture of glowing health whereas in a ‘traditional’ production she would need  to be a more standard consumptive heroine. […] Among Yende’s very best moments are the achingly sad ‘Dite alla giovine, sì bella e pura’ – where she agrees to abandon Alfredo so as not to thwart his sister’s plans for a high-profile marriage – and her deeply affecting and prayerful farewell to life (‘Addio, del passato bei sogni ridenti’) sung with naked expression and aching lyricism.”

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Pretty Yende stars in annual Bastille Day Concert

On July 14 at 21:15 CEST, Pretty Yende returns to Paris for the annual ‘Concert de Paris’ to celebrate Bastille Day. Marking the anniversary of the storming of the infamous Bastille prison in 1789, France’s national holiday celebrates the turning point for the success of the French Revolution.

The free concert at the foot of the Eiffel Tower features a world-renowned group of soloists, including mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine, tenor Piotr Beczała, violinist Renaud Capuçon, and musician Ibrahim Maalouf, among others. Simone Young conducts the Orchestre national de France, the Chœur de Radio France, and the Maîtrise de Radio France at the Champ de Mars on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, beginning at 21:15 CEST.

Held once again by Radio France, France Télévisions, Ville de Paris, this fantastic concert will air live from 9:15 p.m. on France 2 TV channel. The Concert de Paris will be followed by the traditional firework show beginning at 11 p.m. from the Eiffel Tower.

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