Pretty Yende (Photo: Getty)
Cape Town - South African singing sensation Pretty Yende has started 2017 off with a bang!
The soprano's successful international career took a another positive turn in New York last week when she unexpectedly stepped in to perform in Bellini's I Puritani at The Metropolitan Opera after lead Diana Damrau, revered as one of the greatest singing actresses, fell ill.
The press and opera fraternity raved saying Yende's performance was "a triumph" and "spectacular in every way." It was even more notable as she had only sung the role once before, in a non-traditional production last year in Zurich.