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15 June 2018, 17:05
Here's everything you need to know about South African operatic soprano Pretty Yende.
Pretty Yende is a South African operatic soprano, born in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga on 6 March 1985.
She was inspired to study opera aged 16, when she saw a British Airways TV advert that featured The Flower Duet from Leo Délibes' opera, Lakmé.
Pretty has a record contract with Sony Classical. Her first album with Sony was A Journey, which was released in 2016.
At the Classic BRIT Awards on Wednesday 13 June, Pretty teamed up with British composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench.
Alexis began with his composition ‘Bluebird’, joined by his ballet dancer daughter Savannah, before Pretty wove in the beautiful traditional South African song ‘Shosholoza’ with ‘Bluebird’ and Rossini’s ‘Una Voce Poco Fa’.
The Classic BRIT Awards will be broadcast on Sunday 17 June at 10.30pm on ITV1.