South African soprano Pretty Yende makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Adina (L’elisir d’amore).
Yende grew up in Piet Retief. She first came to international attention in 2009 when she became the first person to win first prize in every category of the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. Further awards include first prize in Operalia 2011 and the 2017 International Opera Award for Solo Recital Recording for A Journey (Sony). Yende studied at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, and the Academy of La Scala, Milan. Her engagements with La Scala have included Norina (Don Pasquale) and Musetta (La bohème). Other international engagements include Countess Adèle (Le comte Ory), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Norina for Liceu, Barcelona, Lucia di Lammermoor for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Paris Opéra, Pamina for Grand Théâtre de Genève, Adèle for Theater an der Wien, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Micaëla (Carmen) for LA Opera, Elvira (I puritani) for Zürich Opera House, Rosina for Norwegian National Opera and Paris Opéra and Amira (Ciro in Babilonia) for the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro.
Yende has appeared in concert in London, Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam, Cape Town and at Carnegie Hall.