The World Cup 2010

Find about the classical artists who will be performing at this year's World Cup.

  • Andrea Bocelli will be joined by South African soprano Pretty Yende for the final concert of the World Cup in South Africa. 25-year-old Yende made her debut in the UK last year, with Cape Town Opera, singing Clara in Porgy and Bess.
  • Yende grew up in a remote town in South Africa and had never heard opera before she was 15. She went on to win prizes in several categories at the 2009 Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna and is now studying at La Scala, Milan. She will be singing Musetta’s Waltz from La Bohème at the World Cup. Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams will also perform at the final concert.
  • Tenor Siphiwo Ntshebe tragically died of meningitis last month. The young South African singer had been chosen by Nelson Mandela to perform his new track Hope, which featured the words of the former South African President, at the opening ceremony of the World Cup.
  • The opening and closing concerts will be produced by Lebo M. The South African composer (full name Lebohang Morake) is most famous for arranging and performing music for the Lion King films and stage productions.


Read more about the promising South African tenor Siphiwo Ntshebe, who died tragically last month.