Yvette graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (DipRAM) and was awarded an ARAM in 2003.
At the Academy Yvette won both the prestigious Blyth–Buesst Operatic Prize and The Clifton Prize for best final recital. She was the inaugural winner of the Emmy Destinn Award for Young Singers in Czech Opera and Song and is now an Ambassador for the Emmy Destinn Foundation, adjudicating the competition, giving public masterclasses and private vocal consultancy.
As a trained dancer, Yvette has particularly distinguished herself in productions requiring physical interpretation. Her career has taken her to many major opera houses and festivals throughout Europe, performing with companies including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, La Monnaie, Aix-en-Provence and Houston Grand Opera. Festivals include Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera and Buxton Opera Festival.
Excelling in the field of contemporary opera, Yvette created the roles of Alice in Knaifel's Alice in Wonderland and more recently Sarah in Michel Van der Aa's acclaimed production of ’After Life’ both for the Dutch National Opera.
A renowned concert performer and recitalist she has performed at the Royal Albert Hall in the BBC Proms and with orchestras including the RPO, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, CBSO, ECO, Scottish Opera Orchestra and at the Wigmore Hall with the Orchestra of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
Yvette has appeared on TV and radio both in the UK and abroad and has featured on several recordings. She received a Grammy Award nomination for the role of Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Yvette has over ten years experience teaching students in her private studio. She also is a singing teacher for the Royal Ballet School.
Having enjoyed an international career both on the operatic stage and the concert platform, she commands an vast knowledge of singing repertoire, and draws from this experience to teach singing technique, performance and audition skills, acting through song, use of languages, movement and ‘singer fitness’.
Yvette works as a vocal coach to the North London Chorus - alongside ENO’s Murray Hipkin - and is guest vocal coach to the Pink Singers.