- Pretty Yende made her stage debut six years ago, as a replacement
- She fell on stage before she even began to sing, but got up, pulled herself together and sang her heart out
- She is currently preparing for her Paris debut
Mzansi’s operatic soprano, Pretty Yende, is dominating opera stages across the world.
However the classical music sensation, said she had to overcome self-doubt to get where she is today.
According to TimesLive, she took a trip down memory lane last Thursday, which marked six years since she made her debut on the stage.
She posted on Instagram that 17 January 2013, is a memory that truly defined many that have followed her since.
She reminisced about the night of her debut, explaining that when she was put on stage at the last moment as a replacement, she felt like she “didn’t belong.” She was so nervous and scared that she fell on stage before she even started singing.
“I fell (literally on my knees) that night without having sung even one note. I fell forward!.. picked myself up and sang my heart out. Why I fell? How? I don’t know all I remember was the feeling of ‘not belonging’ as I was ‘a replacement’. A last minute, unknown young South African singer and not the ‘star; they (the audience) had booked for months to see.”
She said she had to get those thoughts out of her head and once she began to sing, its soon “vanished into thin air”.
Pretty has performed leading roles at opera houses internationally, including La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera. She is now preparing for her Paris debut.
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