Pretty Yende

PKF – Prague PhilharmoniaChristopher Franklin – conductor
Guest – Vilém Veverka – oboe

The 28-year-old South-African soprano Pretty Yende made her excellent debut at the Metropolitan Opera in January 2013. She starred as Adèle in Rossini’s Le comte Ory alongside Juan Diego Flórez and she received excited reviews. Pretty stepped in the role for Nino Machaidze and was able to learn the role in just one week! “An incredible event foreshadowing an incredible career”, said one of the reviews.

Pretty won several prestigious singing competitions including Belvedere in Vienna (2009) and Plácido Domingo’s Operalia (2011) where, apart from the first prize, she also won the Zarzuela category and Prize of the Audience. Hence, she was the first artist in the history to win all three prizes. In 2011, she made her debut in La Scala, Milan as Berenice (Rossini: L’occasione fa il ladro) and was invited back to sing other roles including Norina (Donizetti: Don Pasquale) or Musetta (Puccini: La bohème). During the upcoming months she will make her debuts in the Washington National Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and she will also return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the  Metropolitan Opera. An incredible career, indeed!


Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791–1864)
O beau pays de la Touraine (Marguerite de Valois)
Les Huguenots, Act II

Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848)
Come uno spirto angelico (Roberto)
Roberto Devereux, Act III
arr. for oboe and orchestra

Luigi Arditi (1822–1903)
Il bacio

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Sperai vicino il lido, KV 368
arr. for oboe and orchestra

Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835)
Oh! Se una volta sola... Ah! Non credea mirarti... Ah! Non giunge (Amina)
La sonnambula, Act II


Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835)
O rendetemi la speme… Qui la voce… Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna! (Elvira)
I Puritani, Act II

Ennio Morricone (*1928)
Gabriel’s Oboe
from the film The Mission
arr. for oboe and orchestra

Léo Delibes (1836–1891)
Les filles des Cadix

Franz von Suppé (1819–1895)
Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und ein Abend in Sien

Miguel Nieto (1844–1915) & Gerónimo Giménez (1852–1923)
Me llaman la primorosa (Elena)
El barbero de Sevilla (zarzuela)

Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990)
Maria (Tony)
West Side Story, Act I
arr. for oboe and orchestra

I feel pretty (Maria)
West Side Story, Act II

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