South African Singer Pretty Yende Featured On Historic Issue of Essence Magazine

Pretty Yende is sitting pretty right now as she continues to be toast of the opera music world and making Mzansi proud in the process. She has been a celebrated opera singer in Europe and now she is taking on the USA.

27 year old who opera singer who hails from rural Mpumalanga will be featured in the February 2015 issue of the iconic Essence Magazine in the United States of America.

This follows Yende's Washington debut at the famous Kennedy Centre late 20414 with a performance that the Washington Post called; 
"powerful and versatile, yet controlled, voice that can reach to the stars"
Yende has been making waves in the American concert world after making a debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 2013 and her Carnegie Hall recital in 2014.

She will be featured in the magazine's historic issue yet. In a historic editorial decision, February’s cover of Essence Magazine does not feature a prominent celebrity photo, but instead took a stand on a more pressing issue.

The magazine features a simple phrase, #BlackLivesMatter, which has come to represent the movement to end police brutality following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. 

Yende is a busy woman..

This year she will perform as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Metropolitan Opera, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as Norina in Don Pasquale in her debut at the Gran Teatro Liceu in Barcelona, and as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. 

In future seasons she will make her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the Opera Bastille in Paris. 

Yende will also return to the Metropolitan Opera for several roles including Pamina, Lucia, Adina, and Rosina, and has been invited to sing her first Elvira in I Puritani in a new production at the Zurich Opera in 2016.

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