Pretty Yende and Matthew Polenzani Star in Donizetti’s Romantic Comedy L’Elisir d’Amore

Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore returns to the Met on January 16 for ten performances through to February 17, starring South African soprano Pretty Yende as wealthy landowner Adina, and American tenor Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the poor villager hopelessly in love with her. Italian bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of Dulcamara, the quack doctor who sells the ‘magic elixir of love’, and Italian baritone Davide Luciano plays the visiting sergeant, Belcore. Venezuelan maestro Domingo Hindoyan makes his company debut conducting Bartlett Sher’s 2012 staging. The February 10 matinee performance will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, now reaching more than 2,000 movie theaters in 73 countries around the world.

Pretty Yende adds a new role to her Met repertory as Adina, a role she has sung at La Scala and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Later this season, also at the Met, she will sing the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. She made a surprise company debut in 2013 when she stepped in at short notice to sing her first-ever performances of Countess Adèle in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory opposite Juan Diego Flórez. Since then she has sung Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Elvira Walton in Bellini’s I Puritani, and Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.

Matthew Polenzani previously sang Nemorino in Bartlett Sher’s production when it opened the Met’s 2012-13 season. He has sung over 350 performances with the company since his debut in 1997 as Boyar in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Other Met credits include the title role of Mozart’s Idomeneo, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, the title character in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’ Hoffmann, the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and role debuts as Nadir in the Met new production premieres of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles and in the title role of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux.

Ildebrando D’Arcangelo makes his company role debut as Dulcamara, a role he has previously sung at the Vienna State Opera and Baden-Baden Festival. He made his Met debut as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, followed by singing Leporello in Don Giovanni, and the title role of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

Davide Luciano has previously sung the role of Belcore at Deutsche Oper Berlin where he is a member of the ensemble. His other credits include Donizetti roles such as Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda and the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at Teatro Real in Madrid.

Maestro Domingo Hindoyan has previously led L’Elisir d’Amore, at the Berlin State Opera. He has conducted at several of the world’s leading opera houses including Dresden State Opera, Berlin State Opera, and Zurich Opera.

L’Elisir d’Amore Live in HD and Radio Broadcasts

The February 10 matinee performance of L’Elisir d’Amore will be transmitted live around the world at 12:00 p.m. ET hosted by Susanna Phillips. The transmission will be seen in more than 2,000 movie theaters in 73 countries around the world.

The January 16 performance of L’Elisir d’Amore will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 75, and the same performance will also be streamed live on the Met’s web site.

The February 10 matinee performance will be broadcast live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

For more information on L’Elisir d’Amore, including casting by date, please click here.

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‘Dreams’: Featured New Release on Interlochen Public Radio

Soprano Pretty Yende grew up in a small town 200 miles from Johannesburg, South Africa. After hearing the famous “Flower Duet” by Leo Delibes in a television commercial, Yende decided to become an opera singer. She took the world by storm, first appearing at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013, when she was 27.

Her newest album is called “Dreams.” It features arias and ensemble pieces by Donizetti and Bellini, plus selections by Gounod and Meyerbeer. In the press release, Yende states, “All the characters I sing here have a dream: for some it is positive, for others it is a kind of nightmare… I wanted to explore what dreams and madness mean for each character.”

Some of the pieces are very famous, like the mad scene from Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” and the aria “Je veux vivre” from Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette.” Others are lesser known, like several selections from “La straniera,” an opera by Bellini.

Yende will star in two performances at the Metropolitan Opera this season. Beginning in January, she will play Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore,” and then in April she will play the title role in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” She is also scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall in June.

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ZDF: Opern-Sensation Pretty Yende

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Marie Claire: 5 Things You Need To Know About Opera Sensation Pretty Yende

Pretty Yende is all smiles when we meet up in Johannesburg. Despite a demanding career and extremely busy schedule, she is warm, attentive and energetic. Her career so far has been nothing short of amazing. From singing in a choir as a child, to performing in the finest opera houses around the world, she knows a thing or two about building a career in one of the most difficult genres of music. She shared her incredible story with us in the November edition of Marie Claire, but she also shared these five things, that you need to know!

1. She’s an opera singer because of a TV ad

That’s right, the young opera star heard the Flower Duet in a British Airways commercial. She tells us that it was one of the most important and powerful moments of her life.

2. She loves seeing the audience while singing

Pretty tells us that in the past, she’s asked that the lights aren’t so dim while performing. She loves seeing the faces of the people she’s singing for, and adds a creates an intimate relationship for the few hours she is on stage.

3. She has a sweet tooth

Anything with chocolate in it, and she’s sold, Pretty told us. She also loves sweet potato fries, and apparently her mom is the best at making them.

4. She knows how to stay low-key

She tells us that coming back to South Africa after working overseas the majority of the year, is one of the biggest treats for her;  she adds that this happens very seldom though. Thats why, when she’s in South Africa, she usually hides away from media and avoids work-related stuff, and rather spends quality time with her family.

5. She has a secret to her beautiful voice

Pretty shares with us that it’s not all about drinking tea and honey and not talking too loudly. She shatters all those stereotypical ideas and tells us that its quite simple actually. She tells us that when you’re happy on the inside, it shows in your voice. This is why she focuses on her mental wellbeing before anything else.

Bonus: She has been on some huge US talk shows

She’s been on the Wendy Williams show, a must see below! But she’s also appeared on various shows including Tavis Smiley, and Stephen Colbert.

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Broadway World: New Production of Ricciardo e Zoraide for Rossini Opera Festival

Opera Atelier is delighted to announce that our company’s entire creative team has been invited to create a new production of Rossini’s Ricciardo e Zoraide to open the Rossini Opera Festival’s 2018 season in Pesaro, Italy. This new production will take place in Pesaro’s Adriatic Arena August, 11, 14, 17 and 20, 2017 and will be directed and choreographed by Opera Atelier’s Co-Artistic Director S Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg with set designs by Gerard Gauci, costume designs by Michael Gianfrancesco, and lighting by Michelle Ramsay.

The Rossini Opera Festival (ROF) takes place in August of each year on Italy’s Adriatic Coast, in Rossini’s birthplace Pesaro, and is the leading Rossini festival in the world. Each year, the Festival attracts thousands of audience members from Europe, North America and Asia, and features the world’s finest Rossini singers and conductors. Having seen Opera Atelier’s productions of Lucio Silla at La Scala (2015) and Médée at Versailles (2017), ROF General Director Ernesto Palacio invited Opera Atelier’s creative team to create the lead production to open the 2018 Festival commemorating the 150th anniversary of Rossini’s death.

The star-studded cast includes tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Ricciardo, tenor Sergey Romanovsky as Agorante and soprano Pretty Yende as Zoraide. The production will be conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti, who was recently named Young Conductor of the Year at the BBC 2016 International Opera Awards, and will also include a corps de ballet drawn from La Scala.

“The support Opera Atelier has received from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council to tour to the Royal Opera House at Versailles provided us with the opportunity for our work to be showcased on the international stage,” says Opera Atelier Co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski. “This most recent invitation for Opera Atelier’s entire creative team to make their ROF debuts underlines how important international touring can be in the development of Canadian artists and arts organizations.”

Opera Atelier is North America’s premier period opera/ballet company, producing the opera, ballet and drama of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. While drawing upon the aesthetics and ideals of the period, Opera Atelier goes beyond “reconstruction” and infuses each production with an inventive theatricality that resonates with modern audiences. Led by founding artistic director S Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg since 1985, Opera Atelier has garnered acclaim for its performances at home as well as in the United States, Europe and Asia. Opera Atelier is committed to the development of young Canadian artists and offers innovative education programs for youth.

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