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Pretty Yende nominated by Forum Opéra in 2019

Pretty Yende has been nominated by Forum Opéra for their 2019 Awards in the Best Female Lyric Singer category alongside Karine Deshayes, Marina Rebeka, Vannina Santoni and Gaëlle Arquez. Follow this link to vote!

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Recital tour

Pretty Yende departs on a recital tour that takes her to the Opernhaus Zürich on November 17, Prague’s Smetana Hall on November 20, the Barbican Hall in London on November 25 and finally Carnegie Hall on December 4. For the first three recitals she will be joined by pianist Michele d’Elia, with James Baillieu prforming with her at Carnegie Hall. The program will feature Lieder by Robert and Clara Schumann, Donizetti, Tosti, Richard and Johann Strauss.

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DVD of Ricciardo e Zoraide now available for pre-order

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the premiere of the Rossini rarity, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro staged Ricciardo e Zoraide with an all-star cast. Juan Diego Flórez makes his debut as the crusader Ricciardo, giving a masterclass in bel canto (Bachtrack), his high notes are … still thrilling with their laser-like precision (Financial Times). The South African soprano Pretty Yende radiant and richly expressive (Financial Times) as Zoraide proves that she is a virtuosa in Rossini singing (Neue Musikzeitung).

On the 150th anniversary of the composers death and 200 years after its premiere, Ricciardo e Zoraide rings out with an artistic quality that is second to none, thanks to the skills of an absolute Champions League ensemble (Online Merker). Due to the attentive conducting of Giacomo Sagrapanti, practically nothing stands in the way of enjoying the beauty of this rarely performed score to the fullest (Online Merker). The result is an incredible orchestral performance.

Pre-order your copy via this link. It will be available for purchase on September 27.

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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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