Nombulelo Yende – soprano
Ahmad Hedar – piano
In our concert cycle Talents of the World Opera, we present the winners of major singing competitions. The young South African soprano Nombulelo Yende also becomes the new face of the Association of Friends of Musical Talents. Nombulelo has music and singing in her genes and is successfully following in the footsteps of her older sister Pretty Yende. She studied at the University of Cape Town, where she also made her first appearance on the opera stage: as Giulietta (Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Serpina (Pergolesi: La serva padrona), Carolina (Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segreto), and First Lady (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte). In 2018, she won the same prestigious competition as her sister in 2010: the Concours International de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini in France, where Nombulelo also won the Audience Award. She also succeeded in other international competitions, including the Neue Stimmen Bertelsmann Foundation 2019 in the German city of Gütersloh. In June 2022, she won first prize in the female category at the Stanislav Moniuszko International Singing Competition in Warsaw. From the 2021/22 season, she is a member of the studio of the Frankfurt Opera, where in the 2022/23 season she will appear in the roles of Fairy (Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel), Tatyana (Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin) and Polja (Tchaikovsky: The Enchantress).
At the Prague debut, the young singer will be accompanied by Ahmad Hedar, a sought-after piano partner of many singers and winner of the award for excellent piano accompaniment at the Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary.