South African Opera Singer Pretty Yende to Perform at King Charles’s Coronation

She was personally selected by the King himself.

Pretty Yende arrives at the Classic Brit Awards 2018, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)

South African opera singer Pretty Yende has been selected by King Charles III to perform at his coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey in May.

Buckingham Palace shared the details of the ceremony for King Charles and the Queen Consort. The ceremony will have talents, who are handpicked by the King, across the commonwealth and the United Kingdom, said Buckingham Palace.

Pretty Yende, who is originally from Piet Retief, Mpumalanga was part of those chosen for the big day. Yende was recently awarded a Ceremonial Badge of Honor for her contribution to the arts and letters in France.

Reacting to the news on her Twitter, she said “It’s hard to put into words how honored and blessed I feel to receive an invitation to perform at the Coronation of Their Majesties, The King and The Queen consort at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6th May 2023.”

The 37-year-old has performed leading roles at opera houses internationally. She won the Best Recording Solo Recital Award for her album A Journey at the 2017 International Opera Awards.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Patrick Doyle, Sarah Class, Nigel Hess, Paul Mealor and others will also be performing at the coronation.

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