Opera star SA Pretty Yende honored with the Order of Arts and Letters in France
The South African soprano received the prestigious distinction in recognition of her contribution to the arts in France and around the world.
CAPE TOWN – South African opera star Pretty Yende has been honored with the Order of Arts and Letters in France.
The soprano posted a video of the ceremony where she was decorated by French Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak.
“I feel extremely honored and touched by such a prestigious decoration,” she wrote.
The Order of Arts and Letters rewards “personalities who have distinguished themselves by their creation in the artistic or literary field or by the contribution they have made to the influence of the arts and letters in France and in the world”.
INSIGNIA OF OFFICER OF ARTS AND LETTERS.
Many thanks to the French Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malik
I feel extremely honored and touched by such a prestigious decoration
Arts and Letters Officer
‘ Pretty Yende (@PrettyYende) October 11, 2022
“What a great opportunity to celebrate your South African roots, your unique talent and your incredible journey!” wrote the French Ambassador to South Africa, Lesotho and Malawi – Aurélien Lechevallier.
Congratulations Cheri @PrettyYende for your Arts & Letters prize awarded by the 🇫🇷 Minister of Culture @RimaAbdulMalak! What a great opportunity to celebrate your South African roots, your unique talent and your incredible journey! 🇿🇦⭐️🇫🇷🇪🇺🇿🇦 We are by your side! @ambseokolo @operadeparis pic.twitter.com/VGokNet8kD
‘ Aurélien Lechevallier (@lechevallierAS) October 11, 2022
Yende was born in 1985 in the small town of Piet Retief in Mpumalanga.
Since her professional operatic debut in 2010 as Micaela in “Carmen” at the Latvian National Theater, she has performed all over the world.
Yende has been a mainstay in France over the past few years, writes OperaWire.
And she has a busy year ahead of her.
“She is coming off a tour of ‘Die Zauberflöte’ at the Opéra Bastille and will return to the Philharmonie de Paris in March. In June, she will perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Opéra de Bastille.”
Thank you from the heart France🇫🇷
I love you
Today to you
Your Madam Officer
‘ Pretty Yende (@PrettyYende) October 12, 2022
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