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Pretty Yende

Soprano

Biography

Pretty Yende in action.
Pretty Yende in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Born in Piet Retief, South Africa, she studied at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, and the Teatro alla Scala Academy, Milan. She won First Prize in Operalia (2011). Her recent opera appearances include Lucia (Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra, Deutsche Oper Berlin), Adele in Le comte Ory (La Scala, Milan), Adina (her Royal Opera debut, Metropolitan Opera, Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera), Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini (Paris), Norina (Liceu, Barcelona), Amira in Ciro in Babilonia (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro), Rosina (Paris, Oslo, Metropolitan Opera), Amina in La Sonnambula (Paris), Elvira in I puritani (Zürich Opera), Violetta in La traviata (Paris, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Vienna State Opera, Barcelona), Marie in La fille du régiment (Metropolitan Opera, Seville), Susanna (Los Angeles Opera), Adele, Pamina and Juliette (Metropolitan Opera), Manon (Paris, Staatsoper Hamburg), and Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta and Stella in Les contes d’Hoffmann (Valencia). She has recorded two solo albums for Sony Classical: A Journey (2016) and Dreams (2017).

News and features

Pretty Yende’s opera journey: ‘Music is a gift to humanity’

9 June 2017
Pretty Yende’s opera journey: ‘Music is a gift to humanity’

The award-winning South African soprano reflects on her musical journey, from church hymns with her grandmother to the world’s top opera houses.

Photos

Pretty Yende and Liparit Avetisyan in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Paolo Bordogna, Alex Esposito, and Pretty Yende in l’elisir d’amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Pretty Yende and Alex Esposito in l’elisir d’amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Pretty Yende in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Liparit Avetisyan and Pretty Yende in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Liparit Avetisyan and Pretty Yende in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Liparit Avetisyan, Pretty Yende, and Paolo Bordogna in L’elisir d’Amore

Pretty Yende and Paolo Bordogna in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Pretty Yende and Liparit Avetisyan in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Pretty Yende in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Paolo Bordogna and Pretty Yende in l’elisir d’amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Paolo Bordogna and Pretty Yende in l’elisir d’amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Pretty Yende in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Pretty Yende and Liparit Avetisyan in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Liparit Avetisyan, Pretty Yende, and Paolo Bordogna in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Pretty Yende and Liparit Avetisyan in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Pretty Yende in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Pretty Yende in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Pretty Yende and Liparit Avetisyan in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Pretty Yende and Liparit Avetisyan in L’elisir d’Amore (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Pretty Yende. Photograph by Kim Fox