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South African soprano Pretty Yende’s career has achieved lift-off in the last few seasons, with the life-changing opportunity to stand in and triumph as Adèle in Rossini’s Le comte Ory at the Met in 2013. Like Netrebko, she is a marketer’s dream: a young star, with a media-friendly manner and good looks to back it up. Even better news is that Journey is a success. Like Netrebko, Yende sticks to mainstream repertoire and sings it all with élan. Her soprano is a confident lyric, with an attractive shimmer to the tone (pushed to tremolo only by Juliette’s ‘Poison Aria’), fleet passage work and secure top notes. The difficulties of the Mad Scenes from Lucia and I puritani are successfully overcome. The soprano has style and charm, and I suspect her interpretations will develop further individuality as she gains experience.

Francis Muzzu Read the full review on Agora Classica

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