An Opera Star Whose Rise Began With A Fall

March 20, 2015 7:23 AM

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When Pretty Yende took the stage as Adèle in Rossini's Le Comte Ory, her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, her performance didn't go quite as planned. She tripped and fell, to the great astonishment of the audience. Still, it was a night she could never have imagined when she was growing up in rural South Africa.

Yende didn't even know what opera was until the day she was home watching TV and heard a snippet of the Lakmé "Flower Duet." She was a teenager then; today, at 30, she's a rising star in the international opera community. Beginning Saturday, she'll be at the Los Angeles Opera starring in a productio...

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