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This South African Opera Singer Will Leave You In Awe

South African opera singer Pretty Yende blows us away with her performance of "Una Voce Poco Fa."

There's never a good enough reason to actually watch the Wendy Williams show, but this comes pretty close.


Last week, we were introduced to the immaculate voice of South African opera singer Pretty Yende who performed "Una Voce Poco Fa," an opera classic previously sung by Kathleen Battle.

She's an actual powerhouse.

Yende, who was born in the small town of Piet Retief, South Africa, grew up singing in the church choir. "Then at the age of sixteen, she heard the Flower Duet from Lakmé on a British Airways television advertisement, and was so enraptured by its beauty that she determined to find out what it was. On learning that it was opera, she decided at that moment to abandon her plans to become an accountant, and train to become an opera singer instead" her team tells us.

She's currently starring in The Barber of Seville at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and she's slated to star in Romeo and Juliet this March.

Aside from her many other accomplishments, she also managed to single-handedly save an episode of the Wendy Williams show. This level of talent is hard to find.

Get into it with the video above.

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The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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