Sunday World: ‘It’s a dream come true’ – Pretty Yende scoops big international award

Acclaimed South African opera singer Pretty Yende has added to her international fame with yet another prestigious award‚ walking away with an Echo Klassik gong in Germany.

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Pretty walked away with the Newcomer of the Year prize last week ahead of a glitzy handover ceremony to be held in October at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.

Echo Klassik is one of the most renowned classical music awards in the world‚ with some of the biggest names in the genre being honoured each year at a swanky gala event.

Pretty described the win as “a dream come true” and told her social media fans that she was honoured to have her debut album‚ A Journey‚ rated so highly by one of the global authorities on classical music.

“This is truly a dream come true for me‚ I am beyond honoured to receive the Newcomer of the Year Award from Echo Klassik. I am thrilled that my debut album has afforded me the thrilling luxury to be recognized by Echo Klassik‚” she said.

The award comes two months after Pretty was honoured with a 2017 International Opera Award for Best Recording – Solo Recital for the same album.

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