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Pretty Yende Returns for RMB Starlight Classics

The sensational South African and internationally renowned opera singer will return by popular demand.

The audience at this year’s Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Starlight Classics at Vergelegen Wine Estate in the Cape Winelands will experience, for the first time in the concert’s history, Hugh Masekela performing live on stage with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. As a very special treat, our sensational, South African, internationally renowned opera singer Pretty Yende will return by popular demand to the RMB Starlight Classics and these two great South African musicians will be performing together, a real highlight not to be missed!

Born in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, Pretty Yende graduated cum laude from the South African College of Music – part of the University of Cape Town. She also graduated from the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. Yende won the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2009 in Vienna and has since then appeared in every major opera house, from the Met in New York to La Scala to Berlin. Yende is today hailed as one of the world’s top opera singers with a huge international following of opera aficionados.

It was the RMB Starlight Classics stage where she first performed while still a young Cape Town Opera student soloist and has since returned many times for special appearances at RMB Starlight Classics concerts. Yende was conferred the Silver Order of Ikhamanga, a national award given to South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature and music, in 2013. In a statement by the chairperson of the National Orders Advisory Council, Dr Cassius Lubisi, Yende was conferred the honour ‘for her excellent achievement and international acclaim in the field of world opera and serving as a role model to aspiring young musicians.’

Watch: Pretty Yende perform ‘I Feel Pretty’

Both the Metropolitan Opera House and Opéra National de Paris have announced that Pretty Yende will again feature in the renowned opera houses’ 2016/2017 seasons. Yende will return to the Metropolitan Opera House in New York for two opera productions as the prima donna. She returns as Rosina in Rossini’ s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, which she is currently performing at the Opéra National de Paris to critical acclaim. She joins internationally celebrated bel canto tenors Javier Camarena and Peter Mattei in the title role. She also makes her debut as Juliette in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation of the tragic love story. This will mark Yende’s debut in the role.

She will also appear in the 50th Anniversary gala for the Met, joining a selection of international opera stars. Yende will return to the Opéra National de Paris Bastille stage in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti. She is featured under the ‘great international voices of tomorrow’. This will mark Yende’s second production of Lucia di Lammermoor, following her great success in the role at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

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