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SAMA 23 honours international achiever

Johannesburg - After hitting all the right notes and scaling the heights of opera, SAMA 23 will honour soprano Pretty Yende with the International Achiever Award. 

The accolade is to recognise her strides on the global scale.

Yende from Piet Retief in Mpumalanga is arguably South Africa’s foremost voice in opera. She graduated from South African College of Music in Cape Town and took part in the prestigious young artist’s programme at La Scala in Italy. 

What has followed is a remarkable career that saw her grace every stage imaginable throughout Europe and the Americas, and snapping some coveted awards along the way.


Yende has also shared the stage with opera icons like Andrea Bocelli and most sough after conductors. Her vocal abilities and repertoire put her in a league of opera greats. She released A Journey, her debut album last year.

She recently had a great marathon run in the US where she had a season at the Metropolitan Opera House in Romeo et Juliette. Yende also made an appearance on the popular The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the daytime Wendy Williams show.

Yende has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg and was the covergirl of the influential Opera magazine and featured in Vogue magazine.

Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of RiSA welcomed the news: "For a long time we have seen the rise of Pretty Yende on international stages. She represent the voice of an ambitious go-getting generation. We salute her achievements and she is a worthy winner this year. Bravo."

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