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Pretty Yende continues her meteoric rise through the world of opera. Her debut album A Journey received the Solo Recital Recording award at the 2017 International Opera Awards and critics were unanimous in showering praise on the beauty of Yende’s voice and the intelligence of her singing.
The celebrated ‘mad scene’ from Lucia, a role which she will also perform in New York next season, was the starting point of her new recording ‘Dreams’. As well as Lucia’s ‘mad scene’, Yende also includes ‘O luce di quest’anima’ from Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix, and ‘Je veux vivre’ from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Both of these arias portray young women dreaming of a future life of love and happiness, and it was with the latter that that she made history by becoming the first artist ever to win first prize in every category at the Belvedere Competition in 2009.
With Dreams Pretty Yende also refers to her very own fairytale that continues to this day. Her fairytale like ascent, reflected in her debut album A Journey, has been all the more remarkable for beginning only at the age of 16 in the small remote town of Piet Retief – about 200 miles from Johannesburg.
Pretty Yende is accompanied by conductor Giacomo Sagripanti (who won the ‘Young Conductor of the Year Award’ at the 2016 International Opera Awards in London) and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.
Pretty Yende studied at the South African College of Music in Cape Town. Her teacher was Professor Virginia Davids, the first black woman to appear on opera stages during the apartheid years in South Africa. She then joined the prestigious young artists’ programme at La Scala in Milan from which she graduated in 2011.
Pretty Yende's debut album presenting her incredible journey to become one of the world's most sought-after sopranos.
A modern fairy-tale. Born in in the small town of Piet Retief, South African soprano Pretty Yende has risen to the top of the opera world with unparalleled speed. Yende's debut album celebrates the milestones of her sublime musical journey; starting at the age of 16, when she first got into touch with Opera by hearing Delibes Flower Duet on a television advertisement to her debut at La Scala and her international breakthrough at New York's Metropolitan Opera.
Pretty Yende has been named an Echo Klassik 2017 Award Winner in the category “Best Newcomer (Singer)” for her debut album “A Journey.” Considered Europe’s most prestigious award in Classical Music, The ECHO KLASSIK trophies will be handed out on Sunday, 29 October 2017 during a gala event in the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg.
Featuring the musical highlights of all six seasons on 2 glorious discs.
Katherine Jenkins, the nation’s sweetheart, returns to her classical roots celebrating the music that launched her international career.
Katherine Jenkins applies her own signature style to some traditional festive favourites such as "Away In A Manger", "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" and "Deck The Halls".
International superstar Andrea Bocelli returns with his eagerly-awaited new album Cinema, celebrating the greatest movie songs of all time. The album marks Bocelli's first new studio recording in two years and has partnered with global superstar Ariana Grande on the heart wrenching duet 'E Piu Ti Penso' from 'Once Upon A Time in America'/'Malena'.
Cinema features a collection of well-loved movie songs including epic theme songs featured in films such as 'Gladiator', 'The Godfather', 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and many more, as well as popular songs from stage musicals, immortalised by their film versions, such as 'West Side Story' and 'Evita'.
American soprano Renee Fleming's first-ever holiday album celebrates the beloved and iconic Christmas season in New York City.
From the holiday windows lining 5th Avenue to the red and green-lit spire of the Empire State Building, the essence of the city at the most wonderful time of year is captured on Christmas in New York. Pop, Broadway and jazz greats Chris Botti, Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Kelli O Hara, Gregory Porter and Rufus Wainwright join Renée as she lends her sublime voice to hits like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Silver Bells" and other gems, including "Central Park Serenade" a brand new duet by songwriting legend Diane Warren.
Renee Fleming's lush vocals, elegant persona, and intimate delivery of holiday classics make this album the perfect soundtrack for holiday parties, and a gift that will delight anyone who loves music.
The very best of Vera Lynn from 1960 - 1977, digitally re-mastered from source tapes and featuring original mono versions of many tracks unreleased on CD.
For the first time ever, ALL of South Africas famous opera stars ranging from Gert Potgieter, Emma Renzi, Ge Korsten to Deon Van Der Walt, Michelle Breedt, Johan Botha, Elizabeth Connell, Mimi Coertse, Sibongile Khumalo, Bob Borowsky and many, many more! An incredible 2 CD Opera collection.
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