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For soprano Pretty Yende, a career in opera adds up
For soprano Pretty Yende, a career in opera adds up

Had it not been for a random encounter with a British Airways television commercial when she was 16, soprano Pretty Yende might be crunching numbers in an office today rather than performing at some of the world's most famous opera houses. The South African singer recalled in a recent interview that she was home watching TV when she came across the commercial, which featured music she had never heard before — something strange but also weirdly beautiful. "It didn't sound human at all," she said. Later, she learned that the score was the popular Flower Duet from Delibes' "Lakmé." And so a love of classical opera was born. Starting...

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