Pretty Yende

*1985 – soprano – South Africa*

_Giacomo Puccini 1858 – 1924
Ch’il bel sogno di Doretta – La Rondine
Jules Massenet 1842 – 1912
Suis-je gentille ainsi?…Je marche sur tous les chemins – Manon_

Pretty Yende gained her Performer’s Diploma in Opera from the University of Cape Town and currently studies with Virginia Davids. She also won the Schock Foundation prize for singing in 2003 and 2004. She sang the role of Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2005 and the soprano parts of Mozart’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Magnificat with the Cape Town Symphony
Choir and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. She has sung the roles of La contessa di Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro and Magda La Rondine for the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and Fiordiligi Così fan tutte and Manon in Massenet’s Manon for the Artscape Opera House. She has also sung in Germany, Switzerland and Italy (La Musica in Monteverdi’s Orfeo), in Sweden, Norway and at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (Clara Porgy and Bess). She has been voted one of the 100 most succesful women in South Africa.