Pretty Yende, OIS (born 6 March 1985) is a South African operatic soprano. She has performed leading roles at opera houses internationally, including La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera. Born in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, Yende was inspired to learn opera at age 16 after seeing a British Airways TV advertisement that featured the Flower Duet from Lakmé.
She first came on the scene in 2009, but A Journey, her first album, did not appear until 2016. In between came a series of increasingly prominent operatic roles, including three acclaimed turns at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
The award-winning South African soprano reflects on her musical journey, from learning church hymns with her grandmother to performing on the world's leading opera stages. ende-a-journey-cd and stream sonyclassical. Yende's voice is wonderfully pure. I love hearing this short about her journey.
Pretty Yende, a rising star soprano with a modern fairy-tale story releases her debut album A Journey. Born in a remote town in South Africa, Yende was first introduced to opera music at the age of sixteen when hearing the Flower Duet from Delibes opera Lakmé in a British Airways commercial. At that moment she decided to become an opera singer. Yende had her debut at La Scala in Milan in 2010 and was accepted into their prestigious young artist s program. But her international breakthrough came at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013 when Yende replaced Nino Machaidze in Rossini s Le Comte Ory, stepping in at a month s notice opposite star tenor Juan Diego Flórez and gained rapturous international acclaim. A Journey is a particularly joyful labor of love for Yende as each track on the album celebrates a milestone in her extraordinary musical journey and rise to the top of the opera world.
Pretty Yende’s star is in the ascent. After training at La Scala, Milan, she made her debut with Metropolitan Opera, New York, aged 27, stepping in at less than a month’s notice to sing in Le Comte Ory opposite Juan Diego Flórez. That was back in 2013, and since then she’s sung for opera houses around the world, making her Royal Opera debut in summer 2017 in L’elisir d’amore. A few weeks earlier her debut solo album A Journey won the International Opera Award for Solo Recital Recording.
Pretty Yende’s debut recording will whet fans’ appetites before her appearance in Covent Garden next year. Pretty Yende A Journey (Sony Classical) ★★★★☆. Anna Prohaska Serpent & Fire (Alpha Classics) ★★★★☆. Greta Bradman My Hero (Decca) ★★★☆☆. Despite sharing the title of her album with a certain former prime minister’s memoirs, the soprano Pretty Yende can make a good claim for her Journey
South African Soprano Pretty Yende Official Page. 216. 19. A Journey Teaser.
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Una Voce Poco Fa
Viens, Mallika... Sous le Dome Épais (Flower Duet)
Beatrice di Tenda
Respiro io qui ... Ma la Sola, Ohimè! Son to... Ah, La Pena in Lor Piobò
Le Comte Ory
En Prote à la Tristesse... Vous que e l'on dit Sensible... Céleste Providence
Roméo et Juliette
Dieu, Quel Frisson Court Dans Mes Veines! Amot R. Ranime Mon Courage
Lucia di Lammermoor
Ancor non giunse!... Begnava Nel Silenzio... Quando Rapito in Estasi
O Rendetemi la Speme... Qui la Voce Sua Soave... Vien, Diletto, È in Ciel la Luna!