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Pretty Yende Sings Arias by Rossini, Delives, Bellini, Gounod, Donizetti - "A Journey" / Pretty Yende, soprano; Kate Aldrich, mezzo; Gianluca Buratto, bass; Nicola Alaimo, baritone

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>Delibes, Léo : Lakmé
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Beatrice di Tenda, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Le Comte Ory, opera
>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Rising opera star with a modern fairy-tale story releases her debut album. Starring at the Metropolitan Opera in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in December and in Romeo et Juliette in February.

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 rose to the top of the opera world with unparalleled speed, with competition successes and engagements at the world's foremost opera houses. She was the first artist in history to win first prize in every category of the International Belvedere Competition in 2009 and also won first prize in every category at Plácido Domingo's Operalia competition in 2011. 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.

New York Times
Her voice has a luminous sheen combined with steely resolve, she delivered some of the most difficult coloratura passages with scintillating precision.

Washington Post
Yende has a powerful and versatile yet controlled voice that can reach to the stars.

New York Post
South African charmer who may well be the Met's next big star.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio RAI Arturo Toscanini, Turin, Italy (08/28/2015-09/02/2015).



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>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Act 1, no 5
  • Performer: Pretty Yende
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Della Rai
  • Notes: Auditorio RAI Arturo Toscanini, Turin, Italy (08/28/2015-09/02/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Delibes, Léo : Lakmé :: Act 1, no 2
  • Performers: Kate Aldrich; Pretty Yende
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Coro Del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza
  • Notes: Auditorio RAI Arturo Toscanini, Turin, Italy (08/28/2015-09/02/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Beatrice di Tenda, opera :: Act 1, Scene 6. Ma la sola, ohimè! son io... Ah, la pena in lor piombò
  • Performer: Pretty Yende
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Della Rai
  • Notes: Auditorio RAI Arturo Toscanini, Turin, Italy (08/28/2015-09/02/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1833

>Rossini, Gioachino : Le Comte Ory, opera :: Act 1, Scene 8, no 4
  • Performer: Pretty Yende
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Della Rai
  • Notes: Auditorio RAI Arturo Toscanini, Turin, Italy (08/28/2015-09/02/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1828

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette :: Act 4, no 17
  • Performer: Pretty Yende
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Della Rai
  • Notes: Auditorio RAI Arturo Toscanini, Turin, Italy (08/28/2015-09/02/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1865-1871

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor :: Act 1, no 3
  • Performers: Kate Aldrich; Pretty Yende
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Della Rai
  • Notes: Auditorio RAI Arturo Toscanini, Turin, Italy (08/28/2015-09/02/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1835

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera :: Act 2
  • Performers: Nicola Alaimo; Gianluca Buratto (Bass); Pretty Yende
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Della Rai
  • Notes: Auditorio RAI Arturo Toscanini, Turin, Italy (08/28/2015-09/02/2015)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835