Pretty Yende

Season 18/19 ArtistSeason 19/20 Artist
© Gregor Hohenberg

Pretty Yende was born in South Africa and made her career debut in Riga singing the role of Micaela in Carmen. In 2010, she was the first artist in the history of the Vienna Belvedere Competition to be awarded first prize in both the opera and operetta categories. In 2011, she won the Placido Domingo Operalia Competition and also graduated from the La Scala Academy for young artists in Milan. She has performed on the stage of La Scala on numerous occasions in roles that include Berenice in L’Occasione fa il ladro, Elvira in L’Italiana in Algeri, Norina in Don Pasquale, Musetta in La Bohème, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro and the High Priestess in Aida. In January 2013, she made her New York debut at the Metropolitan Opera performing the role of Comtesse Adèle in Comte Ory alongside Juan Diego Florez—a role she performed again at the Theater an der Wien. During the same season, she made her debut in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor in Cape Town. The 2013 / 2014 season saw her first performances at the Los Angeles Opera (as Micaela) and at the Hamburg Staatsoper (as Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia). It also saw her return to Milan’s La Scala in Le Comte Ory. During the 2014 / 2015 season, she sang Pamina in The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera, Rosina in The Barber of Seville at the Oslo Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Norina in her debut performance at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro in Los Angeles. Last season, she played Adina (in L’Elisir d’amore) at the Staatsoper in Berlin and Pamina at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. She also made her debut performance as Elvira (in I Puritani) at the Zurich Opera and appeared at the Paris Opera for the first time in The Barber of Seville. Her first CD, Pretty Yende – a journey, has just been released by Sony Classical.

Projects: Rosina and Juliette (Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette) at the Metropolitan Opera, Adina at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich as well as at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, and Zerline (Auber’s Fra Diavolo) at the Rome Opera.

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Career history

Born in South Africa Academy of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan


First Prize (opera and operetta categories) in the Vienna Belvedere Competition in 2009 First Prize in the Placido Domingo Operalia Competition in 2011