Pretty Yende tired of being asked what it's like to be a black opera singer

Pretty Yende tired of being asked what it's like to be a black opera singer

- Pretty Yende has had enough of people asking her what it feels like to be a black opera singer

- South African-born Pretty was awarded an Italian knighthood last year and is largely based overseas

- She believes the race question is redundant and unnecessary

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Pretty Yende's followers are divided over the opera singer not wanting to be asked about race anymore.

Pretty was born in South Africa and has now grown to spread her wings overseas.

She is considered one of the best opera singers in the world.

Now, the beautiful lady has attempted to put a stop to people asking her what it feels like to be a black opera singer.

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She posted the words, "When I look in the mirror, black am not? Are you white?"

In the caption, she wrote, "Am I colour blind? So, next time, don't ask me 'How does it feel to sing opera being black?' Because, honestly, I don't know."

Her followers were divided on her perspective.

Some thought the question was indeed unnecessary, while others believed it holds some relevance.

Check out a few comments below:


"Unbelievable! I always loved opera and classical music and I’m black. Our skin colours don’t determine our tastes, since we’re first human beings capable to feel and appreciate various kind of things."


"Love it!"


"Who asked that stupid question? Greetings from Chile!"


"Black or white who cares"


"You’re a Black woman. Opera mainly has a Caucasian audience. You happen to be an extremely talented woman who is indeed BLACK and has broken so many barriers for other people of colour."

"What your response should be is 'I am grateful that I have a gift that is not bounded by colour. I hope to encourage future black and brown people to explore this expression of music. I also hope to educate conventional listeners that talent in this genre has no bounds. That people of colour are multi-faceted and dimensional. I hope through my music I can shatter stereotypes and glass ceilings.' This is the proper response. Not wilful ignorance. It is our duty, when in positions of influence and power, to educate and to uplift. This is an even greater impact than your undeniable talent."


"We have to be careful how we protest these questions publicly. I think you need to educate the journalists about the inherent bias in the question. However, there is nothing colorblind about this business or this world. Your beautiful brown skin is the first thing everyone sees when they see you. To denounce that in some way seems strange."

Pretty was awarded with the Knight of the Italian Star last year.

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