[ Sony Classics / CD ]
Release Date: Sunday 3 December 2017
"It was instantly clear to everyone there that she was ready for the world's greatest stages. She has an extraordinarily beautiful voice with a phenomenal technique, and she lights up the stage with charisma." - PLACIDO DOMINGO
"What a lovely sound Pretty Yende makes! Yende is in the same company as, say, Anna Moffo...She's certainly a great asset to the world of opera." ClassicsToday
"All showcase her beautiful, pearly timbre, her fluent coloratura - even if she lacks a proper trill - and confident, sweet high notes up to E flat...she is ideal for her unusually lyric and elegiac Lucia and Amina, both a far cry from the soubrettes we generally hear today. Sagripanti's Milan orchestra are the perfect accompanists." Sunday Times
"She begins with a nigh-on immaculate account of the waltz song from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. To the Mad scene from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor…she brings a pure and ethereal tone, entering into the character and her poignant situation within a world of her own beyond earthly reality." BBC Music
"South African Yende has a delicious instrument, with a youthful quiver of passion to it, and a wonderfully secure technique. She has a tendency perhaps to embellish for its own sake - I yield to none in my admiration of vocal pyrotechnics - but sometimes it comes across as showy rather than dramatically driven. Yet she can certainly deliver the goods, with some wonderful acuti thrown in too." Opera Now
Gounod: Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce rêve (from Roméo et Juliette)
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor:
Act III: Eccola! Oh, giusto cielo!... Il dolce suono
Act III: Ohimè! Sorge il tremendo fantasma... Ardon gli incensi
Act III: S'avanza Enrico!
Act III: Spargi d'amaro pianto
Donizetti: Ah! tardai troppo...O luce di quest'anima (from Linda di Chamounix)
Bellini: La straniera:
Act II: Scene 14 - Sono all'ara
Act II: Scene 15 - Vaneggia... Il passo sgombrisi...
Act II: Finale - Chi veggio? La regina!
Meyerbeer: Dieu! Comme cette nuit est lente...Ombre légère (from Dinorah)
Bellini: La Sonnambula:
Act II: Scene 2: Oh, se una volta sola
Act II: Scene 2: Ah! Non credea mirarti
Act II: Scene 2: Ah! Non giunge uman pensiero