The South African soprano Pretty Yende is flying home for a short break and a reconnection with her roots. “I’m especially interested in small rural villages,” she says. “I want at least one child in every village to play an instrument. I know there’s lots of hidden talent out there.”
Pretty, 28, is being hotly pursued by record labels after triumphs at La Scala, Vienna and the Met. She was the first winner of Placido Domingo’s Operalia and is revelling in prime roles, but taking her time and manitaining her core priorities – the growth of music in her native land.