South African soprano Pretty Yende came to international prominence in 2010 when she became the first artist in the history of the Belvedere Competition to win First Prize in every category. Yende made her professional operatic debut at the Latvian National Theatre in Riga as Micaela in Carmen and has since been seen at nearly all of the major theaters of the world, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Opernhaus Zürich and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
In the current season, Yende makes her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Adina in L’elisir d’amore. She will also sing Adina at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opéra National de Paris, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Juliette in Romeo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera, and concerts in Prague, Vienna, Paris and Sao Paulo.
In the 2015/16 season, Yende made her acclaimed debut at the Opéra National de Paris as Rosina. Further engagements included Lucia at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Adina in at the Staatsoper Berlin, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Elvira in I Puritani at Opernhaus Zürich, as well as concerts in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Vienna and Pesaro. In the 2014/15 season, Yende debuted at the Gran Teatre del Liceu as Norina in Don Pasquale, sang her first performances of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the Los Angeles Opera, and appeared as Pamina at the Metropolitan Opera, Lucia at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Rosina at Den Norske Opera in Oslo. She also appeared in concerts in Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam, and at Carnegie Hall. In the 2013/14 season, Yende made her Los Angeles Opera debut as Micaela in Carmen, made her Hamburg debut as Firorilla in Il Turco in Italia, and returned to the Teatro alla Scala in Le Comte Ory.
In January of 2013, Pretty Yende made her critically and popularly acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut, stepping in as the Countess Adele in Le Comte Ory on short notice, opposite Juan Diego Florez. Immediately afterwards, she made her Vienna debut at the Theater an der Wien in the same opera. Yende’s 2012/13 season also included the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor in concert at the Cape Town Opera and Musetta in La Boheme at La Scala. A 2011 graduate of the Young Artists Accademia of the Teatro alla Scala, Yende made her debut with the company in 2010 as Berenice in Rossini’s L’Occasione fa il Ladro. She also won First Prize in Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in 2011.