Watch: SA Songbird Pretty Yende Wows The Wendy Williams Show Audience With Her Smooth Voice


South African operatic soprano Pretty Yende got a standing ovation at The Wendy Williams Show following an emotional rendition of Una Voce Poco Fa on the American talk show.

Clad in a floral Dolce & Gabbana cocktail dress, Pretty Yende had Wendy Williams and her guests gushing over her. She literally swept them off their feet with her smooth, creamy and silky voice.

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The songbird put up an amazing performance that moved Wendy Williams to tears.

“I started tearing up,” she said in an interview with Pretty on the After Show. (An online channel that features footage that didn’t make it to the main show)

“Your performance moved me to tears, but I already teared up earlier in the show talking about Mary Tyler Moore. So I chased the tears back because if I cry twice in one show you’ll think I’m crazy. So I didn’t [tear up],” Williams confessed to Yende.

During the interview with Wendy Williams, Pretty talked about her journey through life. Her family challenges while growing up and the first time she fell in love with Opera, we heard about them all.

Pretty is currently living in Manhattan while she stars in a production of the Barber of Seville. The production is currently showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Watch Pretty’s amazing performance here:

And the After Show;

The songbird who was born in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, was inspired to learn opera at age 16 after seeing a British Airways TV advertisement that featured the Flower Duet from Lakmé. Subsequently, her dreams pushed her to enrol at the South African College of Music. She further graduated from the Accademia Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, Italy.

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She has performed leading roles at opera houses internationally, including La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera.