Photos from the "Pretty Yende & Friends Opera Gala Concert" and Tenth Anniversay Gala 2010 hosted by Diemersfontein Wines. Pretty Yende, Albert Combrink, Luthando Qave, Given Nkosi, and July Zuma, Elizabeth Frandsen.
The Pretty Yende & Friends Opera Gala Concert presented by Diemersfontein Wines to raise funds for the Excelence in Africa Trust, held in a sold-out Cape Town City Hall on 11 August 2010 was an enormous success. A large sum of money was raised to boost the scholarship fund for young South African artists on the verge of international careers.
"Sing with your soul and all you have. That is the only way I know." Luthando Qave is an example of the new wave of South African singers attracting publicity on foreign shores. After being given a few solos in East London school choir, he spent time at Cape Town Opera as a chorister, before moving to Sweden for two years of study with the sole purpose of becoming an opera singer. He recently won a place for himself in New York's Metropolitan Opera Studio. He is in South Africa briefly to sing in the "Pretty Yende & Friends - a Fundraising Opera Gala Concert" in Cape Town's City Hall on Wednesday 11 August.
Pretty Yende - South Africa's singing sensation - has grabbed international Arts headlines again. She won joint first prize with American tenor Michelle Angelini at the Savonnlina International Singing Competition in Finland On Sunday 25 July 2010. She will be performing in the Cape Town City Hall on August 11 2010.
Hear South Africa's top operatic talent in a concert to raise funds for the next generation's stars. Pretty Yende - on a brief return from La Scala Milan, and Luthando Qave - en route to New York's Metropolitan Opera - are joined by Elizabeth Frandsen and Given Nkosi, Cellist Sarah Acres, and Pianist Albert Combrink, in a Gala Concert to raise funds for the Diemersfontein "Excellence out of Africa" Bursary Trust. Pretty Yende recently performed with superstars Andrea Bocelli and Bryan Adams in the FIFA 2010 World Cup Closing Concert.