South African Opera sensational singer, Pretty Yende has been awarded Italian knighthood for her work in bonding Italy to other countries.
According to TimesLIVE, the beautiful and talented performer was presented with the award by the Italian Consul, Emmanuel Pollio in Cape Town. This award is for her incredible contribution to building a strong relationship between Italy and other countries in the world.
After receiving the award, Pretty Yende expressed her excitement via social media, she wrote; “Being a recipient of The Order/Knight of the Star of Italy deeply humbles and fills me with immense gratitude for such an extraordinary decoration.” Paying tribute to both her mother and sister, she added, “These ladies standing beside me are my very wings that allow me to fly to the impossible. Strong women who never [cease] to give me unconditional love and always remind me that we are all just walking each other home.”
Watch the video of the presentation below:
Yende is the first Black Woman to perform on operatic stages during the Apartheid era in her country, earning her a spot young artists’ program at La Scala, Italy. She debuted at the iconic opera house in the year 2010. She picked inspirations from the Flower Duet from Delibes’ Lakmé during a commercial on television and hasn’t looked back since then.
She has performed at Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Royal Opera House, the list is endless.
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