Pretty Yende Dreams Sony, out now
Pretty Yende’s first album, A Journey, was mightily impressive. This one is even more so. She’s a lyric soprano with a point-perfect coloratura technique, and this is one of the most impressive recital albums in a long time.
What you get here are both dreams and nightmares. The mad scene from Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor is one of the most demanding scenes in bel canto opera. Yende performs it with complete conviction. No wonder she’s in such demand for the role. There is also lighter, happier stuff, such as Juliette’s aria Je Veux Vivre from Gounod’s Romeo Et Juliette, which sounds wonderfully bright and breezy. Don’t miss this.