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Pretty Yende to be a Gramophone Awards co-host

Pretty Yende is to be a co-host at the 2019 Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony takes place in London at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on October 16. Individual tickets and tables for the ceremony are available to purchase here.

Presented with Apple Music, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s Polska Music programme and Medici TV, this year’s Awards Ceremony will be streamed live from the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms by Medici TV at 6.30pm (UK time).

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Role debut in La Traviata in Paris

From September 12 – October 4, Pretty Yende makes her debut as the title role of Verdi’s La Traviata, in a brand new production by Simon Stone at the Palais Garnier. Joining her are Benjamin Bernheim as Alfredo, and Ludovic Tézier and Jean‑François Lapointe sharing the role of Giorgio Germont. Michele Mariotti conducts.

Beginning his opera with a prelude for strings of unprecedented economy of means, in 1853, Verdi affirmed his intention of defying conventions and norms. This is not the least radical aspect of his “Traviata”, which implacably strips bare the violence of a society that promotes worldly pleasures only to sacrifice an innocent woman on the altar of bourgeois morality. is set to livestream Verdi’s La Traviata from the Opéra de Paris on September 28.

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2019 Summer HD Festival at Lincoln Center

The Met’s 11th Summer HD Festival at Lincoln Center features 11 thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions—plus a special pre-festival screening of Stanley Donen’s enchanting Funny Face, featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin, a co-presentation with Film at Lincoln Center. The showings run from August 23 through September 2, with approximately 3,000 seats set up in front of the opera house each night, as well as additional standing room around Lincoln Center Plaza.

Bel canto specialists Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena serve up one show-stopping vocal display after another in Donizetti’s exuberant romantic comedy La Fille du Régiment. It will be shown on August 31.

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Summer performances

Pretty Yende spends her summer in Munich, where she’ll star in Lucia di Lammermoor on June 9, 12 and 15 and L’Elisir d’Amore on July 28 and 30, at the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Quinn Kelsey joins her as Enrico and Javier Camarena as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, with Antonino Fogliani on the podium, and Pavol Breslik sings Nemorino opposite her Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, with Mariusz Kwiecień as Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri as Dulcamara,led by Joana Mallwitz.

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Now available: DVD of the Midsummer Nights Gala Grafenegg

The spectacular opening (Salzburger Nachrichten) of the Grafenegg Festival 2018 presented at the Midsummer Night’s Gala featured opera arias and orchestral pieces by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Bellini and others. Ms. Yende was joined by Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh, the Tonkünstler Orchestra and conductor Yutaka Sado.

A DVD of the Gala has been released as a co-production of the ORF and UNITEL CLASSICA in cooperation with the Grafenegg Festival (EuroArts Music International). A feast for the ears (Kurier), this production is presented with subtitles in Italian, English, German, French, Japanese, and Korean.

Purchase your copy today!

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La Sonnambula performances this May

This upcoming month of May, Pretty Yende stars as Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula at the Zürich Opernhaus on May 5, 9 and 12,

Kyle Ketelsen sings Rodolfo, alongside Sen Guo as Lisa and Liliana Nikiteanu as Teresa. Lawrence Brownlee joins her as Elvino.

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Pretty Yende returns to Paris to sing Norina

From March 22 – April 16, Pretty Yende stars as Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at the Opéra Bastille. Michele Pertusi sings the title role and Alessio Arduini portrays Dottor Malatesta with Michele Mariotti conducting.

Continuing their successful partnership after their much acclaimed successat the Metropolitan Opera in Les Pêcheurs de Perles (“The tenor Javier Camarena, as Nadir, and the soprano Pretty Yende, as Leïla, returned to a house that has grown justifiably fond of them in recent years”, The New York Times) and La Fille du Regiment (“Javier Camarena & Pretty Yende lead brilliant production into major victory”, Operawire), Ernesto will be sung by Javier Camarena.

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