Pretty Yende’s upcoming season is filled with Bel Canto masterworks, solo appearances, and more, at acclaimed venues across the globe. The season begins with her return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin stage starring in the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, on September 13 & 17. She then journeys to Switzerland for a solo recital on September 25 at the Opernhaus Zürich, with pianist Michele D’Elia (programme TBA).
Next she sings Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore for the first time at The Metropolitan Opera, with tenor Matthew Polenzani singing Nemorino, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Dulcamara, and Davide Luciano as Belcore. Performances will be held January 16 – February 17, 2018.
In a new staging of Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini at the Opéra national de Paris, Pretty debuts as Teresa from March 20 – April 14, 2018, a highlight of the Paris season to be conducted by Philippe Jordan. Following her time in France, she returns to the Met to star in Lucia di Lammermoor on April 25 & 28 and May 2, 5 & 10, 2018.
Enjoy a video of Pretty singing the role at Opéra national de Paris last October:
Audiences at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden will see Ms. Yende on stage as Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) on May 20 & 26, 2018, in a lively production directed by Jim Lucassen. Crossing the Atlantic again, Pretty will be the featured soloist with the Met Opera Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus James Levine on June 5, 2018, in concert at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Yende sings Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, on a programme that also includes the world premiere of Wuorinen’s Eros and Nemesis.
On June 21, 2018Pretty joins tenor Joseph Calleja for a Midsummer Night’s Gala Concert at Grafenegg’s Wolkenturm, alongside the Tonkunstler Orchestra and conductor Yutaka Sado. She completes the 2017/18 season with a performance of L’Elisir at the Bayerische Staatsoper on July 6, 2018, with Vittorio Grigòlo as Nemorino, Andrei Bondarenko sings Belcore, and Ambrogio Maestri as Dulcamara.
Making her Paris concert debut, Ms. Yende appears as part of Les Grandes Voix concert series at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on June 28. Featuring the works of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Massenet the bel canto focused program highlights the repertoire for which Ms. Yende has garnered immense international acclaim. Her previous bel canto performances have been lauded as possessing singing with a “silvery brightness and purity” (Express) and an “electrifying” presence (Opera – Online). Maestro Quentin Hindley leads the Orchestre de Picardie for this enchanting evening of opera classics.
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The prestigious French opera publication, Opéra Magazine, has made Pretty Yende its June cover star. She follows fellow South African soprano Elza van den Heever, as the magazine seeks to celebrate the emerging South African school of opera. Ms. Yende is already making a name for herself in France, following her acclaimed Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Opéra de Paris in the spring of 2016, and the title role in Lucia di Lamermoor, also in Paris,in the fall of 2016. She returns to the city this month, as part of the series “Les Grandes Voix ” at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (June 28). The magazine’s current issue, number 129, was released June 3 in France, and features an exclusive interview with Ms. Yende.
“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.”
“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.”
“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 …”
This May, Ms. Yende is the featured artist on the cover of the popular UK magazine Opera. In her interview she speaks about her exciting upcoming Royal Opera House debut as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore and the release of her new Sony album “A Journey.” To read the digital copy of May’s edition of Opera follow this link.
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Mpumalanga-born singer Pretty Yende will be honoured with the International Achiever Award at the 23th annual South African Music Awards (SAMA) taking place on 27 May. The accolade will recognise the internationally-acclaimed opera soprano for her strides on the global scale.
Yende has shared the stage with the likes of opera icons like Andrea Bocelli and recently headlined new production Romeo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
She released her debut album A Journey last year. Yende has taken US television by storm gracing TV shows such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Wendy Williams Show, that’s if she is not rubbing shoulders with Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg. She just got her Anna Wintour stamp of approval after she was featured in the latest issue of American Vogue magazine.
Pretty Yende makes her highly anticipated debut at The Royal Opera House in one of her signature roles, Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. Liparit Avetisyan joins her as the love-struck Nemorino in Laurent Pelly’s production on May 27, 30, June 3,6, & 11. Ms. Yende has received immense critical acclaim for her portrayals of bel canto heroines and has been lauded as “… a silky soprano with shimmering colours, luminous high notes and a rich bottom, superbly suited to bel canto music” (Bachtrack). Maestro Bertrand de Billy will lead the Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra in all performances.
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