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Opera superstar Pretty Yende starts off PSO season

Soprano Pretty Yende is smiling directly at the camera. She is standing on a staircase and leaning on the railing.

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) offers “an exciting start to the new year” with South African opera sensation Pretty Yende.

The widely acclaimed soprano, whose introduction to opera at 16 was through a TV commercial, is coming to Princeton, N.J., to perform arias from Gioachino Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville) and Giuseppe Verdi’s “La traviata” as well as Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.”

Under the direction of Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov, the PSO will play overtures from operas by Rossini and Verdi, plus Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” Performances take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.

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